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Martin Manor Martin Manor

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Institution Name: Goddard College
Original/Historic Place Name: Martin Manor
Location on Campus: Greatwood Campus of Goddard College; 123 Pitkin Rd, Plainfield, VT 05667
Date(s) of Construction:
1908original construction Kelly, James T.
Designer: James T. Kelly
Type of Place: Individual building
Style: Beaux-Arts classicism, Colonial revival, Other (Glossary)
Significance: architecture, culture, education, history
Narrative: see below
References: see below
Foundation: flagstone and granite
Walls: wood frame
Roof: asphalt shingle
ca. 1908private residence (replaced a 1.5 story wood frame farmhouse; originally used by the Martin family as the main house for the farm and surrounding land)
ca. 2004-present (2006)classrooms
ca. 2004-present (2006)other (offices)

Martin Manor is a two-and-a-half story, low hip roofed house of a 5-bay central mass with a wing to either side. The north wing (the house faces east) extends further back than its counterpart, breaking the symmetry. The house has symmetrical hip-roofed porches projecting to either side. Each floor of this dark shingled house is separated by a white band, and the rafters project through the eaves. The central entry is flanked with adapted composite wooden columns and shaded by a projecting semi-circular balcony.

Martin Manor has great historic significance for the town of Plainfield and is a unique architecturally unique in central Vermont. The manor was photographed and discussed in an article entitled "Vermont's Finest Farm" in the March 1920 edition of Field Illustrated Magazine. The manor has been the focal point of academic programs for Goddard College since it moved to the Greatwood campus in 1938 and has maintained its original character since construction.


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