Fleming Museum Exhibition Examines Urban Planning and Development in Burlington And Winooski

BURLINGTON- It is sometimes hard to imagine the way the cities we inhabit looked in decades past: towering elm trees providing a majestic canopy over Burlington's and Winooski's streets and parks; Burlington's industrial waterfront storing lumber, oil, and rail freight; street cars crisscrossing through town; a pontoon bridge connecting Burlington and Winooski. It is also a challenge to envision alternative ways that these two cities might have evolved: imagine a dome over downtown Winooski or a restaurant nestled under the Winooski bridge, an elevated highway along Burlington's waterfront, or an underground mall along Church Street, all plans that were proposed but never realized.

  The Robert Hull Fleming Museum is pleased to bring together, for the first time, historical and contemporary photographs, architectural and engineering drawings, models, and film and video clips that tell the recent story of how these two adjoined cities have come to be the places we know today. The exhibition, titled  Burlington and Winooski: The Evolution of our Built Environment, examines the natural, economic, and social forces that have shaped Burlington and Winooski, Vermont, since 1920, and invites the envisioning of their futures.

Visitors will learn of the impact of both the Urban Renewal and Historic Preservation movements on our downtowns, how changes in transportation have affected our cities, the ways in which natural forces such as floods, fire, and Dutch Elm disease have reshaped our urban landscapes, and the evolution of Burlington's waterfront from an industrial salvage yard to a recreational destination. The exhibition will also provides access to UVM's Landscape Change Program website, where specific Vermont locations can be entered to explore the changes that the years have brought. A web page, comment book, and extensive public programming will invite visitors to share their thoughts for the future.

  The exhibition opens on Thursday, February 22 with a special reception held that evening at 5:30 pm and runs through June 17, 2007.

  Burlington and Winooski: The Evolution of our Built Environment is dedicated to the memory of Lilian Baker Carlisle. Support for the exhibition has been generously provided by J. Brooks Buxton '56, City of Winooski, Winooski Historical Society, City of Burlington, Small Dog Electronics, the Kalkin Family Exhibitions Endowment Fund, the Walter Cerf Exhibitions Fund and the University of Vermont's GreenHouse Residential Learning Community.

  Also on view in the Fleming's Wolcott Gallery, artist Ambreen Butt creates a site-specific installation that responds to a recent, celebrated human rights case in Pakistan through the unlikely medium of Indian miniature painting. And on display this winter and spring in the Fleming's Wilbur Room cases is a fascinating look at  tourism in the 19th and 20th centuries, in an exhibition curated by UVM's Museum Anthropology class and drawn from the Museum's collections.

Images for Burlington and Winooski 1920-2020: The Evolution of our Built Environment

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Burlington street signage, 20th century. Courtesy Main Street Landing (8.1MB, CMYK)

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Benjamin Thompson and Associates, scale model for the Burlington Waterfront for the Alden Waterfront Corporation, 1984. Courtesy Main Street Landing. (5.2MB, CMYK)

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Good By Trolly Car H. Kurilchyk. Courtesy Special Collections Baily Howe Library. (7.2MB, CMYK)

Burlington and Winooski: The Evolution of our Built Environment
DATES: Thursday, February 22, 2007 - Sunday, June 24, 2007

Ambreen Butt, I Need a Hero
DATES: Tuesday, January 16, 2007 - Sunday, June 3, 2007

Tourism: Curious Conquests and Unlikely Trophies
DATES: Tuesday, January 16, 2007 - Sunday, June 10, 2007

$5 adults. $10 family, $3 students and seniors. Free to: Museum members; faculty, staff and students of UVM, Burlington College, Champlain College, Community College of Vermont, and St. Michael's College; Children 6 and under.
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