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Judge Bingham House

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1848, James Lamb(?). VT 74, 0.25 miles west of Bingham Street, West Cornwall
  • Judge Bingham House (Photograph by Curtis B. Johnson, C. B. Johnson Photography)
  • Judge Bingham House (Photograph by Curtis B. Johnson, C. B. Johnson Photography)

Greek Revival farmhouses throughout Addison County are synonymous with sheep. This sophisticated example was built for Harris Bingham, member of a prominent Cornwall sheep-raising family at a time when the town's population was 1,100 people and there were more than 15,000 sheep. Modest in size, it was designed with high-style aspirations that make it one of the most noteworthy Greek Revival houses in the state and that suggest it is an undocumented work of important local master builder James Lamb. A type prevalent in west-central Vermont, it features single-story ells that flank a one-and-a-half-story temple/pavilion. A Doric portico in antis shelters a recessed, flush-boarded facade and carries a full entablature, and its terminal pilasters, paneled with a Greek key motif, are matched by pilasters at the ends of the clapboarded wings. Paired windows are symmetrically set in the wings, though formal pretensions seem to yield to interior convenience with the asymmetrical placement of windows and sidelit door in the central section.

Writing Credits

Glenn M. Andres and Curtis B. Johnson


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Glenn M. Andres and Curtis B. Johnson, "Judge Bingham House", [Cornwall, 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, 131-131.

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