Maple Street looking East from Summit Street

UTM: 18 0642976 E, 4926101 N 362 feet

L.L. McAllister

A.L. Bushey
October 15, 2006

This viewpoint documents the paving phase, using a steam roller, of the street construction project completed in 1938 on Maple Street between Summit Street and S. Prospect Street, using money appropriated by the Works Progress Administration (WPA).  The project, listed as WPA project number 465-21-1-16, included 432 lineal feet and 1300 square yards of street bed.  This photograph illustrates a stage in the project after the completion of the excavation of two to three feet of frozen ground with hand tools and the street had been prepped for paving after being laid with a sand cushion, telford and crushed stone base.  Because the construction took place during the winter months and involved excavating substantial amounts of frozen ground, the cost of the project totaled $10, 007.50, much more than comparable projects completed in the same year.(1)

The resident at 231 South Prospect, the white two-story building, is listed as Robert T. Platka by the City directory of 1938.(2)

(1) 73rd Report, 193, 196.

(2) Manning’s Burilington Winooski and Essex Junction Directory for year beginning Septrember 1938 (Springfield: H.A. Manning Company), 18, 151, 224.

The building at 231 S. Prospect Street still stands, although it has been altered and the rear façade, as visible in McAllister’s image, has been obscured by a large fire escape.  The building is not visible in this photo due to several post-World War Two residences constructed on previously undeveloped lots.
Historic Burlington Project
Depression Era Streetscapes: Old North End | Burlington 1890 | Burlington 1877 | Burlington 1869 | Burlington 1853 | Burlington 1830
Produced by University of Vermont Historic Preservation Program graduate students in HP 206 Researching Historic Structures and Sites - Prof. Thomas Visser - in collaboration with UVM Landscape Change Program
Historic images courtesy of University of Vermont Library Special Collections, Louis L. McAllister Photograph Collection