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258 South Willard Street

258 South Willard Street

Built: 1888-9
Contributing structure in the South Willard Historic District
Owned by Champlain College


258 South Willard Street was designed and built by A.B. Fisher for himself. This was Alfred Benjamin Fisher’s second house in Burlington. (1) The house is a large rectangular block with a steeply pitched gable roof. Wood shingles cover the exterior of the building. Above the windows are saw toothed decorative shingles. There is a Palladian window above the front entrance encased in a central gable. The entrance is decorated with fine wood shingles in an arch. A.B. Fisher was an architect in the area who was one of the most well known men in Burlington. Fisher and his son Clellan built many of the buildings in the South Union and South Willard Street Historic Districts. Fisher worked in Burlington from about 1870 to 1892 when he left Burlington after his wife’s death. Fisher hailed from Barre, Vermont and came to Burlington to build William Wells home at 158 South Willard Street. (2) The property was then purchased by C.R. Turrill who was a secretary for the firm Vermont Life Insurance Company. (3) Turrill sold the property to H. Nelson Jackson who had purchased it for his father Reverend Samuel Jackson. J. Holmes Jackson, a dentist and previous mayor of Burlington inherited the property when his father died. The building was turned into apartments in 1937 and by the 1960's Champlain College leased the building as a women’s residence hall. It was known as Brault House because that was the family who owned the property at the time. In 1968, Champlain College purchased the property and renamed it Pearl Hall to honor H. Dean Pearl, who was a principal at Burlington High School, professor of education at the University of Vermont, and the Director of Admissions at Champlain College. Today the building used as a coed residence hall. Directly behind the building is a massive construction project taking place that contains a student center. (4)

(1)Burlington City Directories for 1890, 121.

(2)"Builders and Craftsmen of Burlington."

(3)HSSS

(4)"Champlain College Website."

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