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Frederick Fullerton House

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1861. Main St. between the green and Senior Cir., Chester village

This distinctive house is set back on a spacious lawn with mature trees. It represents Frederick Fullerton's family penchant for fashionable building and a strong connection between mid-nineteenth-century industrialism and the Italianate style in Vermont. Fullerton worked in his family's mercantile business in Chester, and was involved with cotton manufacture in Springfield and with the Cavendish woolen mill managed by his older brother, Henry. The latter's house in Cavendish, “Glimmerstone” (1847; VT 131, 0.5 miles west of Cavendish village), is in a Downing-influenced Gothic style. Frederick Fullerton's house is equally decorative and picturesque, but more massive and, in keeping with current trends, Italianate. Basically cubic with asymmetrical gabled corner pavilions, its entrance is not toward the street, but on its east flank, toward an expansive side lawn where a horseshoe-shaped driveway leads to a veranda that wraps across the southern, street front as well. Here it shelters tall windows and breaks forward in polygonal fashion across the face of a first-floor bay window. Above the bay, the second floor opens outward through paired windows with a balustraded terrace and a deep, bracket-supported hood with pendant valance reminiscent of A. J. Downing and Calvert Vaux. Also following their principles, Fullerton's house relates to its landscape more as a suburban villa than as a Main Street village residence.

Writing Credits

Glenn M. Andres and Curtis B. Johnson


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Glenn M. Andres and Curtis B. Johnson, "Frederick Fullerton House", [Chester, 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, 386-386.

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