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This Vermont Italianate is Our New England Dream Come True

by Shannon McGurrin Gish.

 
Do you dream of that charmed New England life? We hear ya’! In our New England Dreams column, Shannon takes us on a virtual tour of the Northeast through the lens of her favorite old house finds.
 
Be still my Victorian beating heart. In one of New England’s oldest chartered towns—Vergennes, VT (pronounced ver –JENZ)—this residence brims with Italianate detail beginning right at the front door. Beyond that magnificent entry, I’m pretty much obsessed with other original architectural elements like the alcove windows and the arched interior doorway. Did you notice the crystal chandeliers on those stunningly high ceilings? Me too! Outside, there’s plenty of level yard (just over an acre) for all kinds of family and friend gatherings and includes a 3000 square foot carriage house to boot.
 

 

72 Main St, Vergennes, VT 05491

 
Circa 1879
Asking price: $425,500
Listing and photos courtesy of Four Seasons Sotheby`s International Realty
 
Historic Italianate residence is one of several grand houses on Main Street that together form an imposing complex of Victorian architecture. These buildings provide an exciting visual contrast to the fine Federal and Greek revival style structures that are located in other parts of Vergennes. Built in 1879, this property boasts many original architectural elements: five crystal chandeliers, preserved tin ceilings, refinished floors, exquisite molding and floor to ceiling windows. Large covered porch gives a superb view of the Memorial Day parade. Walking distance to downtown park, businesses and Otter Creek recreation. Property zoned business/ residential -perfect for B&B or professional offices. Owners occupy first floor. Second floor features office spaces on Main Street entrance. Spacious post and beam attic space waiting to be converted to living space. 3000 sq ft carriage barn behind and large open level back yard. One acre on Main Street!
 
 
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shannonAUTHOR SHANNON MCGURRIN GISH

Shannon McGurrin Gish is a New England transplant who was born and raised in the metropolitan area of Washington D.C. Along with her beloved husband and three treasured sons, she made her way to New Hampshire via residential stretches in Dallas, TX and Denver, Colorado.

When not obsessing over all things New England (historical homes, autumn festivals, and wicked good lobstah rolls), Shannon studies the intersection of art and peacebuilding in Cambridge, MA. “Forgive me for geeking out for a moment here,” she adds, “but there is a growing body of research demonstrating that architecture as an art form influences psychology, cognition, behavior, and overall health. That is why we feel drawn to certain structures and spaces; they appeal cross-culturally to our intuitive senses, not just our visual biases. And in nowhere is inspiring architecture more influential than in the home.”

 
 



  • Janet Bishop-Magina

    I am always amazed by how many Italianate homes there are in Vermont, often in rural areas. My grandparents lived in a small Italianate in Montpelier VT when I was a child and I always loved the hominess of it. It is probably the house that sparked my lifelong love of old homes.

  • Louise Ericsater

    Lovely proportions! I am not so familiar with american colors from this time, would the original colors be bright as this or more muted reds, brown and green? In my eyes 1880 would have had darker wallpaper and dark trim? But that does not sit well with the arcitecture, that suggests lighter, faded colors. I tried to google this but foung very little on original palettes.

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