380 Pearl Street

Loomis-Van Patten House, circa 1840s


By Christian C,Carey

The Loomis Van Patten House is located at the corner of Pearl Street and North Williams. The structure is a rectangular three by three bay volume. Originally this house was a two story structure. It was not until 1939 (1) when the third story was added. The south façade, or Pearl Street elevation, presents as a three bay structure with a two story centrally located pavilion entrance. Windows are symmetrically located with the third story windows composed of shorter proportions. The windows are two over two sash double-hung with cast iron lintels for the first two stories (3). The central pavilion has a gabled cap and a second story balcony supported by ornate cast iron brackets. The entrance is a double leaf door with a semicircular head. The paneled door if framed with "rope" brick molding. The west façade is also a three bay structure, however, the windows are offset to the north and align vertically. The first floor has a one by four bay porch with ornamental columns to support the shallow pitched hip roof. The north façade has a three story brick ell which was added circa 1939 (1).

Luther Loomis originally built the house circa 1844. The house has had many interior adaptions, but for the most part stands as originally constructed with the exception of the third floor. Its longest single inhabitant was Henry Loomis, son of Luther, who lived in the house for over 40 years. Another prominent owner was William J. Van Patten. Van Patten was the mayor of Burlington from 1894-1895, State Senator 1906-1907, and Burlington Park Commisioner from 1903-1911 (1). Clarence White who added the third floor and removed the water tank later purchased the house in 1839. The grounds of the property once had elaborate gardens. (1) However, the property was divided into building lots and North Williams Street was extended. The original property also had a horse stable, which is now 20 North Williams Street (see 20 North Williams Street this site) and has been converted to a private residence. At present the house interior is divided into apartments

1. David Blow, Historic Guides to Burlington Neighborhoods. Burlington: Chittenden County Historical Society, 1990.
2. Vermont Division for Historic Preservation, Vermont Historic Site s and Structures Survey. Burlington, 1990.
3. United States National Park Service, National Register of Historic Places Inventory Continuation Sheet (Burlington, VT, 1970)