240 Maple Street

Stowell-Hoseltine House, circa 1840


By Walter L. Maros

Built ca. 1840, this Greek Revival house is of a type that was popular in Burlington in the mid-nineteenth century: a three-bay building with a pedimented front gable and a pointed-arch window in the gable. The house had colorful occupants in the nineteenth century: in the 1860's it was the home of W.C. Stowell who ran a hoopskirt factory in Burlington, later it was the home of Seneca Hoseltine, a mathematician and lawyer who served variously as Mayor of Burlington, U.S. Minister to Venezuela and a justice of the Vermont Supreme Court. (1) A view of the eastern side of the building reveals extensions to the rear, including a gable that runs perpendicular to the main block.

(1) Vermont Historic Sites and Structures Survey: Burlington ­ Maple Street.