Burlington 1877


What still stands from between 1869 and 1877 in Burlington, Vermont?


96 Howard Street


Although the Sites and Structures Survey for Howard Street states that this residence was not built until 1885[1], the 1877 Burlington City Directory lists William Lature as the owner. He worked as a boatman for Champlain Transportation. Members of the Lature family began living in 92, 102, and 106 Howard Street in the late 1880’s[2]. This particular house was in the Lature family until 1940[3]. Moderate gable front buildings such as this one are sometimes categorized as “workers houses.” This home has undergone few changes and is still as simple as it was the day William Lature moved in.


A note about upper Howard Street:  The 1869 Sanborn map shows the upper lots on Howard Street belonging to John Price. On July 2, 1870 a sale was finalized that transferred ownership of these lots to Lawerence Barnes[4]. By this time Barnes owned several properties around Burlington. He was part owner of the Whitney and Barnes Lumber Company and was the first president of the Howard Bank[5].


This house is one of several nearly identical houses on Howard Street built on these lots owned by Barnes. It is unclear whether or not these other homes, 92, 102, 106, 112, and 118 Howard Street, were built at the same time as this house.


[1] Vermont Historic Sites and Structures Survey for Howard Street, Burlington Vermont. Vermont Division for Historic Preservation, Montpelier VT, 1977.

[2] Burlington City Directory, 1886

[3] Assessor’s Office record for 96 Howard Street, Burlington VT.

[4] Burlington Land Records, Volume 7, p. 216, Burlington VT.

[5] Carlough, Peter. Bygone Burlington. Queen City Printers Inc., Burlington VT, 1976