11 North Union Street

Allen-Flynn House, circa 1840's


By Walter L. Maros

This Greek Revival house is thought to have been constructed in the 1840's. It is quite in keeping with the Greek Revival treatment so popular in Burlington for its period: built of brick, with a pedimented gable oriented to the street and a peaked window in the gable. A nearly identical design can be found at number 52 North Union Street. What distinguishes this house from others of its kind is the later 19th century addition of a pedimented hood above the front door in a style sometimes referred to as "Eastlake," after Charles Eastlake, an English furniture designer who was influential in promoting decorative architectural work. (1) This building has been cited by the Vermont Division for Historic Preservation as an example of the type of house built for prosperous middle-class families in Burlington's North End. The house has been home to several Burlington entrepreneurs, including Noah Allen, a hatter, clothier and furrier; John J. Flynn, who built the Flynn Theatre on Main Street; and Daniel A. Loomis, manager of the Champlain Transportation Company steamship line. (2)

(1) McAlester, A Field Guide to American Houses, 264.
(2) Vermont Historic Sites and Structures Survey: Burlington ­ North Union Street.