You are here

Guilford Mineral Springs Hotel

-A A +A
1804, 1869. 49 Carpenter Hill Rd., Guilford Center
  • Guilford Mineral Springs Hotel

In 1804 Edward Houghton, son of an early settler of Guilford, used a northern portion of his family's farm to build an inn and hotel. The location was a small rise in what was then the second-most-populous town in Vermont. Essentially a wood-frame I-house with a two-story ell, the thirty-seven-room inn had a working ell and stables attached to it. The exterior is notable for its Federal frontispiece, corner pilasters, and the best example of the “square-top” Palladian windows in the area, with carved garland and swag ornament.

South of the inn on the Houghton farm is a small mineral spring that attracted attention after Dr. Robert Wesselhoeft established his water-cure in neighboring Brattleboro in 1845. In 1868 four Bostonians purchased the mineral springs and the hotel and incorporated as the Guilford Mineral Springs Company. They built a springhouse, bottling house, and pavilions near the source, and added a front porch to the hotel along with an unusual, mostly glass, rooftop cupola. They also added a long two-story livery barn. After the decline of the water-cure business follow ing the economic recession of the 1870s, one of the principals, Warren Potter, bought the property in partnership with Andrew Weeks. In 1875, they named their one hundred and sixty-five acres Guilford Mineral Springs Farm, and adapted the livery to breed full-blood Jersey cattle and other stock. Although the mineral springs structures have long since decayed, the former inn and livery have changed little since Weeks and Potter ran their stock farm here. Now a private dwelling, the house and ell of the ell and barn exist as two separate structures since a portion of the rear ell burned about 1990.

Writing Credits

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

Data

What's Nearby

Citation

Glenn M. Andres and Curtis B. Johnson, "Guilford Mineral Springs Hotel", [Guilford, Vermont], SAH Archipedia, eds. Gabrielle Esperdy and Karen Kingsley, Charlottesville: UVaP, 2012—, http://sah-archipedia.org/buildings/VT-01-WH58.

Print Source

Cover: Buildings of Vermont

Buildings of Vermont, Glenn M. Andres and Curtis B. Johnson. Charlottesville: University of Virginia Press, 2013, 428-428.

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.

, ,