An answer and a follow up to the most recent Preservation Pop Quiz.
In the Westmount neighborhood of Montreal, this 1927 conservatory (also called a Victorian greenhouse) sits adjacent to the Westmount Public Library. It’s open year-round to the public and is filled with plants, flowers, and water fountains.
The view inside the conservatory.
Looking up at the ceiling on a rainy day. Imagine the warm sunshine beaming through those panes!
Pink flowers and tiled floors.
The still-operational ventilators inside the greenhouse. The wheel and shaft open the windows.
The conservatory is adjacent to the Westmount Public Library.
Any greenhouses by you? I’m not a plant expert, but the sight of flowers and historic buildings is enough to draw me in for a stroll through a conservatory.
A Tudor style entrance in Westmount, Montreal. What is more inviting than a beautiful, historic entrance?
An 1848 Greek Revival style church in the Weybridge Hill Historic District.
Vermont is filled with picture-perfect skies and beautiful historic buildings.
Fair Haven, Vermont.
The house of last week’s Preservation Photos #232. This 1867 house was built by the A.C. Hopson and is known as one of the earliest and most outstanding examples of French Second Empire style in Vermont. It was the home of Ira Allen, a prominent Fair Haven businessman. Today the house is the Marble Mansion Inn.
Hammers, nails, hauling old carpet, cleaning trash, moving building materials, painting, installing board and batten siding, good food, rural Vermont…and that’s just the basic outline of a very productive day in Island Pond – “Hands on Hammers.” Surprisingly the weather behaved, and by the afternoon we had warm and sunshine. The work day is a new addition to the conference, and an excellent opportunity for us preservationists to walk the walk, as opposed to only talking. The Preservation Trust of Vermont will share the work day video and summary soon, but here are a few photos of the day. Does your state conference have a work day? What else do you do in addition to sessions and receptions? We in Vermont would love to know!
The carpenters get to work, starting early in the day. Note the windows missing and siding missing.
Scaffolding for all of the carpentry work.
Paint and more paint, and sawing.
This is after cleaning. We removed junk along with heavy carpet & pad, moldy beadboard, building materials, and a piano. This looks much better!
Back outside, many volunteers at work.
Fellow UVM alums and colleagues: the two (C)(K)aitlins!
At the end of the work day. Work remains for the trained carpenters, but much has been accomplished.
At the end of the conference: beautiful sunshine! Church looking great.
Christ Church overlooking Island Pond.
What have you been up to your in state?
The shore of Lake Bomoseen is a popular summer camp area in Vermont. Up here, “summer camp” is like “summer cottage” or “beach house” as opposed to kids’ “summer camp”. The terminology threw me at first, since I grew up on the ocean, not a lake. Historic districts and houses line Vermont Route 30 (sitting practically on the road in some places!) and winding roads around the lake. This 1925 church appears on the map as the Hubbardton Congregational Church, but a lack of signage and unsuccessful searching gives me few answers to its fate. The church appears to be used as only storage.
View from the across the street. You can see how close it sits on the highway.
Beautiful Queen Anne windows that remain in good condition.
Boarded up and not in use, this is the front entrance.
Asbestos siding covers shingles underneath, which would be more fitting for its Queen Anne details.
South elevation. View from the grass parking area.
This side of the roof is in need of repair.
I could only see in the window by holding the camera above my head.
Rural Vermont is filled with small, wood-frame white churches. While some remain in service and others have been converted to alternative uses, there are many with the same fate as this Hubbardton Church. How can we help these buildings? Those of you in rural areas, what solutions have you seen?
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There’s a lot of detail in this photograph. Look up! A cornice, brackets, small window, patterned slate, marble curved lintels, marble construction, crossing roof lines. And that’s just a small piece of the building! Seen in Fair Haven, VT.
There’s entertainment everywhere.
The recent jaunt to Rhode Island included a visit with my preservation pals in Providence. Undoubtedly you saw the many Mr. Stilts photo pop up on Preservation in Pink. Instead of a flamingo invasion, here are some of my favorite sites along the tour.
Along the riverwalk in downtown Providence.
Providence Public Library.
I cannot take my eyes off this building.
Another view on Westminster Street, a great place to stroll, shop, get coffee.
Westminster Street, looking up. Rhode Island is ahead of Vermont in the flower count.
Providence, RI. Another one of the beautiful buildings to catch your eye.
New use of an old, hidden space: an outdoor movie screen. Creative use of a formerly underused space?
To be continued.