Located in the residential section of Burlington's Hill District (South Prospect at Cliff Street) and directly across the street from the earlier designed Cannon estate, Redstone estate is comprised of a main house, (Redstone Hall), stables (Robinson Hall) and gatehouse (Redstone Lodge) and was originally built for the Buell family. The spacious grounds gently slope towards South Prospect and afford a commanding view of Lake Champlain.
The western boundary is bordered by a stonewall with a jagged top course constructed of the same red stone quarried for the estate. Designed in the Richardsonian Romanesque style by the architectural firm of Marling and Burdett in the late 1880's, the property was purchased by UVM in the early 1920's for the purpose of developing a campus specifically for women.
Both the main house and the stables were converted to dormitories in the early
1920's. Slade Hall (McKim, Mead & White. 1928) was the first building to be added
to Redstone campus, creating additional dormitory space for women.
In 1934, Southwick Memorial (McKim, Mead & White) was erected to provide recreational and instructional facilities for women. Today Southwick serves a multi-purpose function, both as a Language Laboratory, and as a Music Library.
Some of the original space is also used as faculty offices and as practice facilities
for the Department of Music whose new facilities were physically connected to Southwick
in 1973. The Music Building and its auditorium were designed by Burlington Associates.
The hard-edged, concrete forms juxtapose the aesthetics of cast concrete geometrical forms known as Brutalism with the traditional materials and compositional rendering of late Beaux-Arts classicism. Together they create a highly successful and imaginative ensemble.
Additional dormitory space (Coolidge Hall, 1947) was added in the southeast corner of
the original Redstone grounds in response to the increased enrollment after World War II.
The grounds to the south and adjacent to the original Redstone Campus became the site of an extensively planned dormitory quad in the 1960's comprised of Mason, Simpson, and Hamilton Halls on the east; Wing , Davis, and Wilks Halls to the south; and Christie, Wright, and Patterson Halls to the west. Immediately to the east of Redstone is the Athletic Campus, providing recreational facilities for Redstone and the rest of the University.