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Institution Name: Southern Vermont College
Original/Historic Place Name: Carriage House
Location on Campus: adjacent to the Mansion on the south end.
Date(s) of Construction:
1911-1914original construction Totten, George Oakley, Jr.
Designer: George O. Totten, Jr.
Type of Place: Individual building
Style: Other (Glossary)
Significance: architecture, culture, engineering, history
Narrative: see below
References: see below
Materials:
Foundation: limestone and concrete
Walls: gray limestone walls with Portland cement mortar
Roof: imported Italian red clay tiles
 
Function:
ca. 1911other (carriage house)
ca. 2004-present (2006)other (student newspaper office)
ca. 2004-present (2006)classrooms
ca. 2004-present (2006)other (science laboratory)
ca. 2004-present (2006)facility management building
 

Narrative:
The Carriage House was constructed at the same time as the Mansion as part of the service entrance. True to its name, the five-bay Carriage House protected Mr. Everett's carriages and later, his automobiles.

The footprint of the Everett Mansion is roughly Z-shaped with the main body of the building set on a north-south axis with wings at each end. At the southwest corner of the Mansion is the service courtyard, enclosed on the west side by the two-story Carriage House, on the north by the Mansion itself, and by stone walls on the south and east.

The Carriage House, like the Mansion, is constructed of grey limestone with a red tile roof. Holding to the principle that a building should be expressive of its function and of the character of its owner, George Totten (architect) selected for his wealthy patron a style evocative of a baronial English-Norman castle and melded this with other historical styles employed in different parts of the house to create an opulent estate.

The first floor of the Carriage House is divided in half. One side is used as a workshop for the Facilities Department and the other houses the science laboratory. The second floor is comprised of classroom space and the student newspaper office.
 

References:

Chessman, G. Wallace, and Curtis W. Abbott. Edward Hamlin Everett: The Bottle King. Granville, OH: Robbins Hunter Museum, 1991.

Keefe, Tom. Building Diagnostic Report [Southern Vermont College]. North Bennington, VT: Keefe & Wesner Architects, [n.d.].

Resch, Tyler. Deed of Gift, the Putnam Hospital Story. Burlington, VT: Paradigm Press, 1991.

Warren, Suzanne. The Orchards [Southern Vermont College]. National Register of Historic Places designation report. Washington, DC: U.S. Department of the Interior/National Park Service, 2000.

 

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