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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • THE NEW ZEALAND FOREST, c. 1950

Streetlight in Vermont: 1907

Streetlight in Vermont: 1907

Burlington, Vermont, circa 1907. "Church Street looking north from College Street." 8x10 inch glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company. View full size.

 

Church Street today

Our oldest daughter goes to UVM and whenever we visit we take time to stroll Church Street. I love the old architecture and they've done a good job of disguising the modernization that has taken place.

I got it, I got it

and I can hear Mel Torme and George Shearing in the background.

[Falling leaves, a sycamore. I hear Billie. - Dave]

Gotta love pedestrian malls

There is so much that has remained the absolute same. It looks like the 2nd & 3rd building were torn down & replaced, but that's really about it...and in 106 years, that's something.


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Historical preservation that works

Church Street is a pedestrian mall today, with many of the buildings seen in this picture still standing. In fact, while the city has its share of new buildings, the people of Burlington have done an outstanding job of preserving 19th- and early 20th-Century architecture. In many cases the older buildings have been updated and modernized without losing their historic character.
If you're a fan of older buildings, which I presume most Shorpy-ites are, you can do much worse than visiting Burlington. And if you get bored with architecture you can visit the Ben & Jerry's plant not too far away :)

 
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