185 Elmwood Avenue

Built 1851


By Joe Haun

This building was built with 179 Elmwood Avenue and the two houses remain nearly identical to this day. Built in 1851 for a Mr. Noble Lovely as a residence and for business purposes.(1) Mr. Lovely had left Burlington by 1866 and a Sylvester Churchill lived here until 1884, after which the home was inhabited by a William Kelley, the foreman of the J. R. Booth Lumber Company. The Burlington City Directories show the passing of several tenants in the twentieth century but the building remains as a single-family dwelling today.(2)

Its distinguishing features are characterized by the blind fan light in the front gable and the side-lights flanking the entrance.(3) It remains with little alteration to its exterior, a small entrance porch has been added to the side.(4)

(1) W. S. Rann, History of Chittenden County, Syracuse, NY, D. Mason & Co., 477.
(2) Burlington City Directories, Burlington, VT.
(3) The Vermont Division of Historic Preservation, Vermont Historic Sites and Structures Survey, Elmwood Avenue, Montpelier, VT, Division of Historic Preservation, n.d.
(4) Sanborn Fire Insurance Maps of Burlington, VT, 1894, 1900