31/33, 43, and 47 Pitkin Street

circa 1840


by Nate Bailly

These three gable front Greek Revival buildings are all very similar in both mass and detail. Each of the buildings has a simple fenestration with wood sills and flat arched lintels. When built in the 1840s, they were on the far northern edge of Burlington. By the 1860's, the County Agricultural Society's fairgrounds had developed to the west.(1)

31/33 Pitkin Street is a two story brick structure that was formerly occupied by several members of the Murphy family from 1865 to around 1900. This area of Pitkin Street was said to have been occupied by six Murphy families at one time, most of them being lumber workers. This building has an unusual ogee shaped fan in the front gable. A similar fan can be found in a handful of Burlington homes of this same period, including another waterfront structure at 18 Park Street. Further study of these details may reveal that the buildings were constructed by the same builder. There are later additions to the front and rear of the building. The building now serves as a duplex apartment.

43 Pitkin Street is a smaller three bay, one and a half story brick structure. According to the 1978 sites and structures survey for the area, the first known occupant was Joseph Prue, a railroad employee in around 1900. The building continues to serve as a single-family dwelling.

47 Pitkin Street is identical to 43 in its massing. There is a later addition in the rear, including an attached garage. Little was found regarding its former occupants. In the 1880s, the house was rented and the surrounding neighborhood was described as "dense working class."

(1) Vermont Division for Historic Preservation, Vermont Historic Sites and Structures Survey, Pitkin Street, (Montpelier, Vermont: Division for Historic Preservation, 1978)

Photos: Jeff Fellinger
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