151 South Champlain Street is listed as the Enos Blinn
House on the National Register of Historic Places nomination form
for the Battery Street Historic District. The nomination form
claims that the house was built around 18501 and
it probably was even earlier than that. Although it too does not
give a location for his house, there is a record from 1850 of
Enos Blinn seeking compensation from the Vermont Central Railroad
Co. running rail lines through part of his back yard.2
As shown on the 1853 Presdee and Edwards map, the lines did
cut diagonally through a portion of 151 S. Champlain Street. Although
it too does not give an address, the 1840 Census lists Blinn as
the head of the household with a wife and a son between the ages
of five and ten.3
This house is a fine example of Greek Revival architecture.
It has a rough stone foundation, a pointed peak, and heavy stone
lintels. It is a three bay wide brick building, oriented with
the gable end facing Champlain Street. The front gable end creates
an enclosed pediment where the cornice line is continued across
the front of the building. It extends back three bays before
shifting to the North just slightly and extending another three
bays. This irregularity is clearly represented on the 1853 Presdee
and Edwards map.4 As well, a third wing is shown
to have existed off the back of the building on the 1853 map.
The stone foundation of this wing is still evident and appears
to be the same dimensions as the wing shown.
1 National Register of Historic Places
nomination form. "Battery Street Historic District."
Burlington, Vermont. 1976.
2 Vol. 21 P. 514 Burlington Land Records. Burlington City Hall, VT.
3 Page 029 1840 U.S. Census. Burlington, VT. Bailey-Howe Library, UVM.
4 1853 Presdee and Edwards map. Burlington, VT. Bailey-Howe Library Special Collections, UVM.