University of Vermont Historic
HP 302 Community Preservation
PROPOSED COMMUNITY PRESERVATION PROJECTS
Adirondack Architectural Heritage, Inc.
1790 Main Street – Civic Center 312
Keeseville, New York 12944
Project Contact: Steven Engelhart
National Register Nominations. Adirondack Architectural Heritage
is seeking assistance in preparing National Register nominations for
the following buildings or districts. Individual or team projects.
• Estes House (Ausable Chasm, Essex County).
This is an 1850s stone house that is now the home of the North Star
Underground Railroad Museum, near the Ausable Chasm tourist center.
• Ausable Chasm Historic District. A small
company village that also includes the Ausable Chasm tourist center, a
1929 hydroelectric facility, and a 1920s motel.
• Keene Valley Historic District (Essex
County). This is a village district with approximately twelve
buildings. A draft statement of significance has already been
prepared, and descriptions of the buildings are now required.
Proposed expansion of the district has created a potential obstacle.
• Libraries of the North Country. This would be
a thematic nomination of ten or twelve historic library buildings. The
public community libraries of the ten county area collectively known as
the North Country, share a similar cultural and architectural heritage.
These institutions grow out of a common community desire to foster
education and intellectual curiosity and in most cases the distinctive
architecture of these libraries reflects the importance of libraries in
the community fabric. The purpose of the nomination is to elevate the
status of these public libraries within the community and to give the
institutions access to new sources of conservation funding for their
preservation and restoration. The scope of work consists of undertaking
all necessary historical research, site work, photography, and writing
to prepare a National Register nomination form in accordance with the
appropriate National Register Bulletin(s). Funding is pending.
• Crown Point Green Historic District. This is
a small district in Crown Point (Essex County). Funding for the project
is available to pay for student travel.
• Westport District. This project involves the
completion of a nomination for a large historic district in the
southern part of Westport (Essex County) that includes a lot of open
space, farms, and other historic resources. Much has been done
already by Bill Johnston, and remaining work involves photography,
building descriptions, and organizing the nomination into final
form. A team of two students is needed to organize and present
Burlington Planning Department
Burlington City Hall
Mary O’Neil, Associate Planner
National Register Nomination. Redstone Cottage, formerly part of
Lakeview Sanitarium founded in 1882 and located on North Avenue.
The city has recently acquired this building, and may be willing to
sponsor the nomination. Individual project.
Research Project. Burlington had a number of social-service
institutions that either no longer exist or have been transformed into
something else, including the Home for Destitute Children, the Home for
Friendless Women, and the City Poor Farm. All of these
institutions were housed in significant buildings, and research is
needed to develop the historic context for these buildings.
Research Project. Several studies have been conducted in other
states about property values in historic districts, and it would be
extremely good information if an analysis could be made in Burlington
to determine the effect on what property valuation and long-term market
value when homes/resources are included in a historic district.
Developers believe listing diminishes value, however a look at
Burlington’s historic districts (and eligible districts, like Five
Sisters) seems to support strong market rates that are not only equal
to but exceed those neighborhoods that are not listed. A study
with metrics would be extremely valuable. Individual project.
Research Project. This project would assess whether any data
exists regarding zoning regulations that follow Form Based Codes, and
whether that type of regulation might spur new development at the
potential loss of historic resources. Individual project.
Old North End Surveys. The Historic Sites and Structures Survey
information for Burlington’s Old North End is incomplete. Some
surveys list only representative examples, and some streets are only
surveyed on one side. Vermont’s Advisory Council on Historic
Preservation and the Vermont Division for Historic Preservation would
like us to move toward a general historic district of the Old North
End. Ideally, we could break this area up into quadrants for a
COMPREHENSIVE re-survey and compilation of work done by many.
Maps are available for these districts, which represent the city’s
highest priorities. Teams of two.
• Resurvey of Old North End. Northeast
quadrant: East of Elmwood Avenue, North of North Street, West of North
• Resurvey of Old North End. Northwest quadrant: West of Elmwood Avenue, North of North Street.
• Resurvey of Old North End. Southeast
quadrant: South of North Street, west of North Willard, North of
Pearl and East of Elmwood Ave.
• Resurvey of Old North End. Southwest
quadrant: South of North St., West of Elmwood Avenue, North of Pearl.
• Other Burlington Neighborhoods. Booth
Street; Loomis Street; South Prospect Street; and Summit Street
Charlotte Planning Department
c/o Jeannine McCrum
Planner / Zoning Administrator
Design Review Standards. Thompson’s Point in Charlotte is a
community of summer camps located on Lake Champlain, thirty-three of
which comprise a historic district listed on the State Register of
Historic Places and representing a significant concentration of 1880s
and 1890s resort architecture. The town proposes to establish a
design review district and would like to develop standards essential
for the successful implementation of such a district. Team of two.
Green Mountain Club
c/o John Page, President
4711 Waterbury-Stowe Road,
Waterbury Center, VT 05677
Archival Study. The Green Mountain Club has accumulated a
century's worth of archival materials that now require processing and
conservation. The collection includes many photographs dating
back to the 1910's, as well as many historic maps of the Long
Trail. In addition to those materials, several years ago a
club member compiled an exhaustive inventory of every shelter ever
connected with the Long Trail, together with historical source
materials for these shelters. It's a rough manuscript but the
data is pretty comprehensive and identifies more than 200 structures
used in some fashion by Long Trail hikers since the trail's inception,
including approximately 130 structures built specifically as hiking
shelters, of which approximately half are still in use.
Generally, shelters represent five or six distinctive building types
used over the decades, most of them associated with particular
builders, and there is an opportunity for architectural analysis as
well as related landscape architecture themes. The project would
involve refining the manuscript and then reviewing the photograph
collection (and possibly the extensive UVM and VHS collections of Long
Trail photos) to locate images of every identifiable historic shelter,
with the goal of integrating the photos into the manuscript to provide
visual depictions of each structure. Period maps showing the
shelter locations could also be included. The goal would be to produce
a complete written, photographic and cartographic history of Long Trail
shelters, possibly leading to a published work. Individual project
or team of two.
Historic Windsor and the Preservation Education Institute
54 Main Street
P.O. Box 21
Windsor, Vermont 05089
Project Contact: Judy Hayward, Executive Director
Structures Report. The Preservation Education Institute is
developing a course that will produce a structures report for
Blow-Me-Down Farm at the Saint-Gaudens National Historic Site in
Cornish, New Hampshire. Programs at the farm will further
illustrate and interpret the life and work of Saint-Gaudens and fellow
members of the Cornish Colony. The farm was tthe home of the
Charles C. Beaman family. Mr. Beaman, a New York City lawyer and friend
of Augustus Saint-Gaudens, attracted Saint-Gaudens to Cornish, New
Hampshire, with the promise that the area held many “Lincoln-shaped
men” for the sculptor to model. The student project will involve
organizing the course structure and its various components.
Mt. Holly Community Historical Museum
c/o Robin Eatmon
Kelly Real Estate email@example.com
or Lori Doolittle
Project: A small but active community non-profit organization
developed a fund raising campaign to restore a building that now
provides a fine community resource for the local school and the
region. The next step is to organize, display, and interpret
artifacts related to the building and community. Specific details
of running a museum need to be
addressed, including accessioning, website maintenance, and proper
storage of artifacts. The museum website is currently not working
but some details can be found on the Mt. Holly, Vermont website.
Individual project or team of two.
New Hampshire Preservation Alliance
7 Eagle Square
Post Office Box 268
Concord, New Hampshire 03302
Project Contact: Jennifer Goodman, Executive Director
Telephone: 603-224-2281 / firstname.lastname@example.org.
The New Hampshire Preservation Alliance is the statewide non-profit
historic preservation organization. The graduate student(s)
engaged in the following projects will report to the organization's
executive director, Jennifer Goodman, who has extensive experience
working with students and other volunteers. Projects will be
designed to meet our mutual objectives and result in useful
products. Projects are central to our mission and work plan, and
they will advance the cause of preservation in New Hampshire.
With the exception of survey fieldwork, or meetings at the Alliance's
office with staff or to review files, tasks can be accomplished largely
from any "home base."
Historic Barn Preservation Project: Survey and Public Policy
Tasks. The New Hampshire Preservation Alliance is currently
providing technical and financial assistance to barn owners trying to
save, stabilize, or re-use historic agricultural structures. This
project is designed to help reduce the loss of these significant and
rapidly disappearing landmarks in New Hampshire and to promote historic
preservation objectives and the goals of the Preservation
Alliance. This program draws heavily from similar efforts in
Vermont. The project will involve document the existing and lost
(as possible) barns in a New Hampshire town (to be selected) to create
a model for a current statewide survey efforts. Work will include
preparing a much-needed fact sheet from the survey findings that can be
used for advocacy and fundraising work. In addition, it will
assist the project committee in exploring how agricultural buildings
are taxed and in developing a pro-preservation administrative or
legislative proposal to address current problems. The development
of educational and promotional programs for historic barn owners and
contractors is also necessary. Students will work with the
Historic Barn Advisory Group, staffed by leaders in agriculture,
tourism, and preservation, as well as members of historical societies,
heritage commissions and other local leaders. Individual project
or team of two
Orford, New Hampshire Conservation Commission
and the Upper Valley Land Trust
c/o Carl Schmidt or Harry Pease, Chair of the Orford Conservation Commission
Measured Drawings / Photo-Documentation / Long-Term Management
Plan. In 2016, by means of a New Hampshire Land and Community
Heritage Program grant, funds raised by the Orford Conservation
Commission and the Upper Valley Land Trust, plus a willing and
participating seller, the UVLT acquired ownership of 149 acres of
unspoiled upland pasture, forests, and access to a pristine pond in the
remote former hill-farm area of Orford called Quinttown. Aside
from a few cattle fences, the only man-made objects on this Mountain
View Farm are a small and highly picturesque old barn and a shed.
The barn is approximately eighty years old, and was built and
maintained single-handedly by long-time property owner and fabled
recluse, Billy Brown. The shed may be older than 100 years.
Together, they make important contributions to this cultural
landscape. UVLT has recognized the importance of these buildings
and is committed to preserving and maintaining them, provided the costs
are not excessive. The first step in developing a long-term
management plan will be to prepare measured drawings and
photo-documentation. Individual project or team of two.
P.O. Box 481
Burlington, Vermont 05402
Project Contact: Ron Wanamaker, Executive Director
Burlington Outbuildings. Survey of Burlington’s endangered
outbuildings, a supplement to an earlier study of the city’s
garages. Individual project or team of two.
Research Project. Professor Walter Poleman who teaches courses in
landscape and place-based studies at the Rubenstein School has been
working on an on-going Burlington Geographic project in an effort to
engage the community in evening presentations and to conduct weekend
field walks. This semester he is interested in incorporating a
study of the city’s religious properties and the relationships among
those buildings, cemeteries, and properties and the city’s geographic
patterns of growth and development. Team of two or three.
Preservation Trust of Vermont
104 Church Street
Burlington, VT 05401
Project Contact: Eric Gilbertson
Tel.: (802) 272-8543
Historic Preservation Study. In 1976, the Vermont Division for
Historic Preservation received a $1.2 million grant from the U.S.
Economic Development Administration to repair or restore buildings near
a proposed Bicentennial Rail loop through twenty-one towns in Vermont,
from St Albans to Brattleboro and Bennington. The Division
put out a request for program proposals from each town with stations
along the loop. Twenty towns responded and completed
studies of buildings, including suggestions for repairing and restoring
buildings, or reversing inappropriate changes that had occurred over
the years. Some of the studies also emphasized modifications that
would improve design compatibility without the expense of full
restorations. More than 100 buildings received grants for work
ranging from removal of aluminum siding, to restoring commercial bay
windows such as those on the building located at the corner of State
and Main Streets in Montpelier, to simple painting and carpentry
repairs. The EDA funding also enabled VDHP to hire a consultant
to photograph all of the projects (slide format) and to document the
economically beneficial aspects of the projects. The slides are
currently held by the Vermont Historical Society. The records of
those projects offer a unique opportunity to study, analyze and
document, then and now, a finite set of buildings that were the object
of preservation efforts more than forty years ago, with the goal of
advancing future preservation efforts. Individual project or team
Barn Structures Reports. The Preservation Trust of Vermont
frequently receives requests to assess the structural condition of
historic barns, and the trust’s field representatives provide that
service. The student project will involve traveling with Eric
Gilbertson to conduct site visits and preparing written
assessments. Individual project to conform to Eric Gilbertson’s
Ferrisburg, Vermont 05456
Project Contact: Jane Williamson, Director
HABS-Type Documentation. The eight outbuildings at Rokeby lack
the type of documentation that would be needed should any of the
buildings be destroyed by fire or other cause. Documentation of a
single building would qualify as one project and should include proper
photography, measured drawings, written description, and narrative
history of the building. Individual project.
St. Peter's Episcopal Mission
16 Elm St.,
Lyndonville, Vermont 05851
Project Contact: Sally Fishburn
National Register Nomination. Sally Fishburn has been working
with church officials to help restore this 1890s church, designed by
Henry Vaughan, supervising architect of the Washington National
Cathedral, and constructed to serve railroad workers. St. Peter’s
houses the Lyndon Area Food Shelf and hosts monthly community
c/o Ron Kilburn, Zoning Administrator and
President, Swanton Historical Society
P.O. Box 711
Swanton, Vermont 05488
National Register Nomination – Swanton Railroad Depot. This
building has been relocated and rehabilitated with funding obtained
through the Enhancements Program at the Vermont Agency of
Transportation, and is now part of the town’s historic sites
interpretive center. Individual project.
Report and DVD: Historic Bridges of Swanton. Swanton’s history is
closely tied to the Missisquoi River, and a large number of important
bridges are vital parts of that history. The historical society
has proposed a project to document these many bridges, telling the
story of the role these bridges have played in the town’s industrial
and transportation history. The written report will be
accompanied by a DVD. Individual project.
Vermont Division for Historic Preservation
National Life Building
Montpelier, Vermont 05602-6501
Project Contact: Devin Coleman or Caitlin Corkins
Telephone: 802-828-3046; e-mail: Devin.Colman@vermont.gov and Caitlin.Corkins@vermont.gov
Vulnerable Barns Poster. Similar to the Vulnerable Vermont poster
by UVM preservation students. Individual project or team of two.
Multiple Property Nominations - National Register of Historic
Places. The Vermont Division for Historic Preservation has
identified topics for which historic contexts must be developed before
multiple property nominations can be prepared. These topics
include granges, post offices, hospitals, libraries, theaters and opera
houses, airport facilities, gas stations, motor courts and motels,
commercial ski areas, general stores, and the World War 2 Homefront in
Vermont. Team of two or three
Research Project - Brick Cape Cod and Classic Cottages in East
Montpelier. There are at least eight of these houses in the town
– some are simple Cape Cod type buildings and others are more
high-style Classic Cottages. Survey forms prepared by VDHP note
the collection of houses and some relationship to the granite industry
and a builder named Nye. Beyond that, not much is known.
The initial stages of this research project would involve map and deed
research, physical inspection, and consultation with the East
Montpelier Historical Society to determine more about the origins of
the buildings, where the bricks were manufactured, and information
about the builder. The research will hopefully lead to an MPDF
nomination. Individual project or team of two.
RITC Project. John Conant Distillery, Brandon, Vermont.
This small building is being adapted to apartment use by a private
owner. Individual project.
Vermont Historic Bridge Program, Vermont Agency of Transportation
National Life Building
Montpelier, Vermont 05602-6501
Project Contact: Bob McCullough
Research Project. The Vermont Historic Bridge Program has
salvaged a substantial collection of bridge plans by George Reed, an
engineer who began working for the Vermont Agency of Transportation in
1919 at a time when the Engineering Division was just beginning to take
administrative shape. Reed designed many of the state’s
reinforced concrete T-beam and slab bridges during the period between
1919 and 1925 and also influenced a generation of younger engineers who
began working for the Engineering Department as it expanded. Most
of Reed’s bridges employed concrete railings with portal piers and
recessed panels, features that characterize those bridge types during
the decade of the 1920s and early 1930s. Reed’s drawings are of
exceptional quality, ink on linen, and represent an important archive
of a bridge type that is vanishing rapidly. This project will
provide biographical information about Reed, assess his contributions
to the context for historic reinforced concrete bridges in Vermont,
prepare a catalog of Reed’s bridges, and identify those bridges that
survive. The project should be developed with the goal of
producing a publishable paper for Vermont History, journal of the
Vermont Historical Society, or other suitable periodical.
National Register Nomination. Barton in Orleans County, once a
center of granite production, is the site of what may be the state’s
last granite slab bridge on Elm Street. Constructed circa 1901 by
Joseph Barton, the bridge was erected with enormous granite blocks as
stringers, resting on granite piers. All of the granite was
quarried locally. The bridge is threatened with replacement, and
efforts to draw attention to its unique design may help convince local
officials to preserve the structure. The nomination should also
investigate the contributions of Joseph Barton, who built several other
bridges of this type, none of which survive. Individual project.
Vermont Urban and Community Forest Council
Department of Forests, Parks and Recreation
103 South Main Street, Building 10 South
Waterbury, Vermont 05671-0601
Project Contact: Danielle Fitzko
Self-Guided Architectural / Urban Forest Tours. This project will
combine walking tours emphasizing architectural history with similar
tours designed to identify urban tree species. The Urban and
Community Forestry Council will serve as the project sponsor and
coordinate with Vermont towns interested in obtaining tour maps and
brochures. The council may also identify participating parties to
develop the information about tree species. Alternatively,
students may be able to collaborate with students from the University
of Vermont's field botany program. Projects will involve the
survey of a selected town's architectural resources, identification of
a tour route, short written paragraphs about buildings included on the
tour, and preparation of a map. Sample pamphlet is available for
inspection. The towns of Rutland, Chelsea, Hinesburg and
Shelburne have completed similar projects. Students may also work
with city foresters in certain communities. Individual project or
team of two (with student from the School of Natural Resources)
Williston Federated Church
c/o Carolyn W. Carlson, P.E.
Structures Project Manager
Vermont Agency of Transportation
Structures Design Section
1 National Life Drive
Montpelier, VT 05633-5001
Preservation Maintenance Plan. The Williston Federated Church is
responsible for the upkeep of three historic properties: the church; a
parsonage; and the Mace House (a rental property next to the church).
Last year, the church replaced windows (which were not historic) in the
Mace House with vinyl windows but did not obtain the required permit
from the town’s Historic and Architectural Advisory board (HAAC) or the
Development Review board (DRB). As a result, the HAAC has asked
the church to develop a report (on a timeline approved by the DRB)
addressing options for remediating the use of the vinyl windows and
discussing future maintenance activities to the structure and other
properties in the district owned by the church. Church trustees
would like to review each building and prioritize the maintenance of
these buildings, initially focusing on the steeple, which is the pride
and joy of the town. Individual project.