• Wheeler

The ideal regional laboratory for historic preservation

Through a well-established network of collaborations with local and state agencies, preservation organizations, museums, and practicing professionals, UVM historic preservation students have the opportunity to use the state and region as an extended laboratory to study and experiment with innovative preservation strategies. 

A tradition of respect for our heritage . . .

Internationally recognized for its beautiful rural landscapes and compact historic villages, Vermont is rich in historic architectural resources. Its long tradition of town meeting government has given it an involved citizenry and the opportunity to produce rapid results at the community level. Vermont has been a pioneer in environmental protection through such legislation as its land use law Act 250, statewide sign control, ban on non-returnable beverage containers, historic and design control districts, and vigorous enforcement of the National Historic Preservation Act of 1966. The Vermont Historic Preservation Act of 1975 is one of the nation's most comprehensive state statutes relating to the protection of historic resources. 

. . . in an era of challenge.

The National Trust for Historic Preservation has twice included Vermont on its list of most endangered historic places in the country. Indeed the state of Vermont and the Burlington area face today's challenges of sustainability, climate change, re-development, sprawl, traffic, housing and urban issues. Burlington has a vibrant community life, a strong respect for historic preservation, and an enthusiastic spirit of innovation, collaboration, and opportunity. The UVM campus is also about two hours away from Montreal, Quebec, and is close to some of the best biking, hiking, skiing and snowboarding in the East.


The latest tools for exploring the past

Digital lab

In recognition of the increasingly important roles for digital information technologies in the historic preservation profession, our program provides students with access to and training on computer-based equipment and software. A digital lab with up-to-date computers that can be connected to digital microscopes, scanners, printers, and other hardware is located in Wheeler House for priority use by historic preservation graduate students. Students also have access to hands-on tools and equipment used for analyzing and documenting historic finishes, mortars, environmental conditions, and other building materials for research. Recent additions include an infrared building inspection camera and moisture meters. Studies are typically complemented by field trips and site visits to the Shelburne Museum and other local heritage sites. Student projects are often conducted on campus buildings and historic structures in the region or remotely.


Here in Vermont

Vermont has a rich cultural, historical and architectural legacy, with a built environment characterized by timber-framed barns and rural homesteads and vibrant downtowns and village centers.

Burlington, Vermont's largest city, is known for many archeological, historic and architecturally significant places. It's a city  tradition of protecting and celebrating historic and architecturally significant places.


Burlington offers unique opportunities to get involved and gain experience. Forbes called it a "Top 10 Tech Hub," while Business Insider named Burlington one of "15 Hottest Cities for the Future."


Outside magazine named Burlington as a "Best Town Ever"; National Geographic called it a "Top Adventure Town."

Lake Champlain, located a short walk from campus, boasts a beautiful waterfront park, a 2-mile bike path, and three sand beaches with stunning views. More bike routes and nature trails weave in and around the city. 


Besides boating many local museum and historic sites, Burlington is within an easy drive of cultural attractions in surrounding cites.

  • 220 miles from Boston
  • 285 miles from New York City
  • 90 miles from Montreal