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Old Chapel

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1834–1836, Asahel Parsons, builder; frequent interior remodelings. Old Stone Row
  • (Photograph by Curtis B. Johnson, C. B. Johnson Photography)

The chapel was built to house the combined academic, administrative, and religious activities of the college. Proposed by Laomi Baldwin of Cambridge, Massachusetts, as a broadside structure on the model of Charles Bulfinch's University Hall (1814) at Harvard, it was ultimately built by local joiner Asahel Parsons on the model of Peter Banner's gable-front Lyceum (1802–1804) on Yale's Old Brick Row. The facade of a simple, mill-like mass is embellished with a central entrance tower served by a double flight of stairs and crowned with an octagonal Greek Revival cupola that functioned as the college's first observatory.

Writing Credits

Glenn M. Andres and Curtis B. Johnson


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Glenn M. Andres and Curtis B. Johnson, "Old Chapel", [Middlebury, Vermont], SAH Archipedia, eds. Gabrielle Esperdy and Karen Kingsley, Charlottesville: UVaP, 2012—,

Print Source

Cover: Buildings of Vermont

Buildings of Vermont, Glenn M. Andres and Curtis B. Johnson. Charlottesville: University of Virginia Press, 2013, 125-126.

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