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Wells & Richardson Co. (1883) – detail

127 College St, Burlington, Vermont USA • Wells Richardson Complex: this group of 19th century commercial buildings once housed the giant Wells, Richardson Company and related businesses, one of the largest firms in terms of gross sales to develop in Victorian Burlington. …

 

The company eventually expanded to cover the entire interior of the block bounded by College, St. Paul, Main and Pine Streets with a factory, printing office, paper box factory, photography factory, offices and laboratories. …

 

Designed by A.B. Fisher, its style was described by the Vermont Historic Sites Survey, as "High Victorian Italianate."

 

☞ For some dates & historical details, I am indebted to the Chittenden County Historical Society, and their fine, three volume set: Historic Guide to Burlington Neighborhoods: Vol. I, 1991; Vol. II, 1997; Vol. III, 2003. David J. Blow, author; Lillian Baker Carlisle, Editor; Sarah L. Dopp, photographs.

 

☞ This structure is one of the 15 contributing structures on 40 acres, comprising the Wells-Richardson Historic District) and has been listed on the National Register of Historic Places (#79000221), since March 5, 1979.

 

More Info: GeoHack: 44°28′35″N 73°12′54″W.

 

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Taken on June 17, 2012