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Julius Norton House

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1846, Hiland Hall. 300 Pleasant St., Bennington village
  • (Photograph by Curtis B. Johnson, C. B. Johnson Photography)
  • (Photograph by Curtis B. Johnson, C. B. Johnson Photography)

This refined Greek Revival house was built for Julius Norton, across Park (formerly Pottery) Street from the land of the family pottery works, which he directed and rebuilt after a fire in 1845. Part of a sequence of grand nineteenth-century industrialists' residences on Pleasant Street, it is also one of a series of noteworthy temple houses in Bennington attributed to Hiland Hall. His inspiration seems to have come from Minard Lafever's published pavilion-with-ells designs in The Modern Builder's Guide (1833), and his handling of the forms shows an assured understanding. The Norton House is a temple-like composition with a one-and-a-half-story fluted Doric portico, a massive entablature with a line of guttae separating architrave and plain frieze, corner pilasters, and flush-boarded facade. To each side and coordinated with the heads of the tall first-floor windows is a five-bay hipped-roof porch on a smaller Doric order. In quality of detail and coordination of elements, Hall's design ranks this among the best high-style Greek houses in the state.

Writing Credits

Glenn M. Andres and Curtis B. Johnson


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Glenn M. Andres and Curtis B. Johnson, "Julius Norton House", [Bennington, 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, 57-57.

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