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Bullard House

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c. 1865, John Bullard. Ferry St., just east of VT 100, North Hyde Park
  • (Photograph by Curtis B. Johnson, C. B. Johnson Photography)

Carpenter, wagon builder, and farmer John Bullard poured his skills and imagination into this two-and-a-half-story house. With pilasters and segmental window heads the house is Italianate. Yet its steep roof, pointed upper windows, and profusion of imaginative trim infuse it with a Gothic sensibility. The firstfloor windows have dentiled surrounds and shaped lintel boards on modillions, and the upper windows ornate scroll-cut bargeboards, but it is in the treatment of the eaves that Bullard was most creative. He multiplied the eaves of the facade to frame the second-floor windows and create a diamond zone under the peak of the gable and dangled from them a profusion of elongated turned wooden icicles. The house is picked out with polychromy that adds to the overall effect of Bullard's domestic fantasy, one of the state's most noteworthy and unusual examples of Carpenter Gothic.

Writing Credits

Glenn M. Andres and Curtis B. Johnson


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Glenn M. Andres and Curtis B. Johnson, "Bullard House", [Hyde Park, 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, 220-221.

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