You are here

George Strong House

-A A +A
1852. 26 Washington St., City of Rutland

In 1852 George Strong, a builder of the Rutland and Burlington Railroad that launched Rutland's commercial prominence in 1849, also helped establish a prestigious new neighborhood and a new style in his city. He subdivided family land on the hill between the historic and commercial city cores, laying out Washington, Madison, Pleasant, and Prospect streets. At the corner of Washington and Pleasant he built a brick Italianate palazzo house, a style beginning to appear in such builders' guides as Edward Shaw's Civil Architecture (1831) and Samuel Sloan's The Model Architect (1852). A symmetrically organized cubic block, it has a belvedere centered at the apex of a low hipped roof. Its plain walls, heavy entablature with eyebrow windows on the east and west, stone lintels, and door with sidelights and transom are all descended from late Greek Revival. Italianate details include deep eaves carried on paired scrolled brackets, round-arched windows in the belvedere, a two-story bay window on the east facade, and prominent wooden porches. The porches, with clustered posts joined by arches beneath bracketed eaves, frame the front door and extend along the west facade as a spacious veranda. A similar porte-cochere was added later to the west. Strong's house initiated a series of prominent Italianate residential and public buildings, insuring that the style would be closely associated with Rutland's railroad boom.

Writing Credits

Author: 
Glenn M. Andres and Curtis B. Johnson
×

Data

What's Nearby

Citation

Glenn M. Andres and Curtis B. Johnson, "George Strong House", [Rutland, Vermont], SAH Archipedia, eds. Gabrielle Esperdy and Karen Kingsley, Charlottesville: UVaP, 2012—, http://sah-archipedia.org/buildings/VT-01-RU36.

Print Source

Cover: Buildings of Vermont

Buildings of Vermont, Glenn M. Andres and Curtis B. Johnson. Charlottesville: University of Virginia Press, 2013, 81-81.

If SAH Archipedia has been useful to you, please consider supporting it.

SAH Archipedia tells the story of the United States through its buildings, landscapes, and cities. This freely available resource empowers the public with authoritative knowledge that deepens their understanding and appreciation of the built environment. But the Society of Architectural Historians, which created SAH Archipedia with University of Virginia Press, needs your support to maintain the high-caliber research, writing, photography, cartography, editing, design, and programming that make SAH Archipedia a trusted online resource available to all who value the history of place, heritage tourism, and learning.

, ,