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O'Leary House

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1914, Frank L. Austin. 95 High St., City of St. Albans

This bungalow is one of the finest examples of its genre in Vermont. It was built among the second generation of houses on a street occupied by large estates in the 1860s and subdivided beginning in the 1890s into lots providing merchants, professionals, and businessmen the splendid lake views previously monopolized by founding families and railroad barons. The house's owner, druggist C. D. O'Leary, hired prolific Burlington architect Frank Lyman Austin. Well known for brick schools and public buildings in Beaux-Arts and Colonial Revival styles, Austin also designed in the Arts and Crafts and bungalow modes. This one-and-a-half-story wood-shingled house is L-shaped in plan. The long leg of its first floor is wrapped by a recessed porch with a Tudor-arched valance on paired Tuscan columns above a shingled base. Wall surfaces are sparked with the texture of small-paned upper sash and transoms, while the broadly sweeping roof and shed dormer display brackets in gables and shaped rafter tails under their deep eaves.

Writing Credits

Glenn M. Andres and Curtis B. Johnson


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Glenn M. Andres and Curtis B. Johnson, "O'Leary House", [St. Albans, 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, 209-210.

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