Pine Street - North of Flynn Avenue
Looking North

November 9, 1945; Louis L. McAllister

October 22, 2006; Caitlin Meives
UTM 180642072E; 4924074N

This views shows Pine Street after construction had been completed and the “Hot Plant Mix Wearing Surface” had been applied.[29]  The white, gambrel roof house seen in this picture is first listed in the city directory in 1933, at 847 Pine St., housing Philip, Annette, Armande, Florence, and Mariette LaRoche.  The directory identifies Philip as a milk dealer and Annette and Florence as employees of Queen City Cotton Company.  The LaRoche family remained in 847 at the time McAllister took the image.  The large brick building just past #847 is the Champlain School.  Burlington architect Frank Lyman Austin designed this “vernacular adaptation of the Richardsonian Romanesque style.”[30]  Built in 1909, the school supplied much-needed classrooms for the children living in the new Scarff Addition and Lakeside Park.[31]  Across the street from these two structures is an open field.  In fact, looking towards downtown Burlington from this point, just north of Flynn Avenue, open fields dominate the landscape. 

[29] (author unknown), Photo Caption, Louis L. McAllister

[30] “National Register of Historic Places Inventory: Champlain School.” U.S. National Park Service.

[31] “National Register of Historic Places Inventory: Champlain School.” U.S. National Park Service.

The present day version of this McAllister image presents a striking difference.  Both the Champlain School and #847 Pine remain, however, much development has taken place around these structures.  This section of Pine Street is no longer a stretch of open fields in between downtown Burlington and the Scarff Addition—across the street is the Champlain Elementary School and in the distance there is much development.  The Champlain School closed in 1967, remained vacant and underutilized for many years, and in 1982 was converted into apartments. It remains an apartment building in 2006 and is also on the National Register for Historic Places.  #847 remained in the LaRoche family until 1983 and today is still a private home.
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