181 South Union Street

Guilford-Hand House, circa 1835-45


By Walter L. Maros

This circa 1835-45 brick house displays the characteristics that were so popular for Greek Revival houses in Burlington in the 1840's and 1850's: it is two-and-a-half stories in height, three bays wide and has a pedimented gable facing the street. A distinctive feature here is the elegant semi-elliptical blind fanlight in the gable, instead of the peaked window that more typically is found in the gable of contemporary Greek Revival houses in Burlington. (1) The Italianate front porch and the two-storied side porch also lend a sense of distinction to the building. Early residents include R. Guilford in the late 1850's and attorney E.R. Hard in the 1860's. (2)

(1) Vermont Historic Sites and Structures Survey: Burlington ­ South Union Street.
(2) South Union Street Historic District, National Register of Historic Places Inventory-Nomination Form.