52 North Union Street

Roby-Burke House, circa 1850


By Walter L. Maros

This is an example of the typical three-bay, brick pedimented-gable Greek Revival house with a peaked window in the gable which proved to be so popular in Burlington. This house, built circa 1850, is very close in design to number 11 North Union Street. Its first-known resident was Cyrus Roby of the firm Roby & Bros., which built many buildings in Burlington between 1860 and 1900. (1) The 1865 Directory for Burlington lists the firm as "Carpenters and Builders" located on Skinner's Lane. (2) In the 20th century this house was the home of the family of James Burke who was successively a blacksmith, a three-term mayor in the 1930's and a postmaster.

(1) Vermont Historic Sites and Structures Survey: Burlington ­ North Union Street.
(2) Burlington City Directory and Business Advertiser, 1865.