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Kemp House

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c. 1850. VT 104A, 1 mile east of U.S. 7
  • (Photograph by Curtis B. Johnson, C. B. Johnson Photography)

Levi N. Kemp worked as a mason in Georgia and surrounding towns between c. 1830 and 1860 and is likely responsible for a number of fine brick Greek Revival houses in the area. He also worked on St. Mary's church in St. Albans and probably on the railroad buildings there. Around 1850 he built this modest one-and-a-half-story, side-hall-plan farmhouse with a one-story kitchen ell on the north shore of the Lamoille River. It is notable for its unusual corbeled brick cornice and the raised diamond in glazed headers within its front gable. The high corbeled chimneys and a triangular pediment window in the ell's gable end further showcase Kemp's skill. The attached wood-frame ell for shop work and small carriage barn and corn barn indicate that Kemp actively farmed this fertile riverside cropland, which is now largely submerged by Lake Arrow head.

Writing Credits

Glenn M. Andres and Curtis B. Johnson


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Glenn M. Andres and Curtis B. Johnson, "Kemp 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, 215-215.

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