87 College Street


c. 1850


By Eliot H. Lothrop

This house was listed on the Historic Sites and Structures Survey (HSSS) from 1978. It was built around 1850, possibly for James Mitchell whose family lived there until the turn of the century.1 Mitchell is identified as the owner of the house at this location on the 1857 Walling map, and he may have lived there for some time before then. He is listed on the 1840 Census for Burlington as the head of the household, with a wife and eight kids. Mitchell, who worked as a tailor, was also an officer in the Green Mountain Lodge of Odd Fellows.2
The house is a brick veneer oriented with a pediment and a peak fanlight facing the street. It has a stone foundation and slate roof. Its footprint remains consistent from the Presdee and Edwards map to present day.

1 Historic Sites & Structures Survey, 1978. #79-A-336. 87 College St. Burlington, VT. Bailey-Howe Library Special Collections, UVM.
2 Hemenway, Abby M. Vermont Historical Gazetteer. Burlington, VT. 1868.