55 Murray Street

55 Murray Street is a one and one-half-story, gable-front, two bay, wood frame dwelling on the west side of Murray Street between Allen and North Streets. Like 49 Murray Street, it has few original defining characteristics. The large rear addition and outbuildings were constructed before 1890.1 The large wraparound porch and bay window were added between 1900 and 1919.2

This house was probably built for Stephen Taylor, a furniture painter, between 1857 and 1869.3 Taylor lived on George Street until 1869,4 so if it was built for him it was constructed in 1869. The Taylors stayed on Murray Street until at least 1903.5 Joseph Pine, a janitor, lived there in 1910, and the house was sold to Edward E. Duprat in 1912.6 The Duprats continued to own and occupy the house at least part time until 1956, when they deeded part of the rear of the lot to the city for the construction of the new Lawrence Barnes Elementary School.7

1Hopkins Map, 1890.
2Sanborn Fire Insurance Maps, 1900 and 1919.
3Walling Map, 1857; Beers Atlas Map, 1869.
4Burlington City Directories.
5Burlington City Directories.
6Burlington City Directories; Burlington City Tax Assessors Records.
7Burlington City Tax Assessors Records.

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