Sunday Snapshots for Summer #10

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Bristol, VT.

Most people know a “creeme” (spelling varies) as soft serve ice cream; but in Vermont “creemes” are the summer treats of choice. The Village Creeme Stand (operating 30+ years) in Bristol always means summer. Soft serve only! If you prefer hard ice cream, there are still many ice cream stands and windows in Vermont, don’t worry.

Bridge Memories

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And the days of work at the Lake Champlain Bridge and Chimney Point are coming to a close. Every day out there brings back memories to my early days in Vermont. A preview here is Pier 3 of the old bridge with Pier 6 of the new bridge in the background. What a difference!

A Train Station and a Fire Station

The fire station in Wallingford, Vermont is located in a the former train station, which is still located adjacent to the tracks. It’s quite the unique adaptive reuse. Take a look (those photographs were night shots, hence the blurry quality).

Note the station agent's bay on the left side, and the tracks in the bottom left corner of the photo.

Note the station agent’s bay on the left side, and the tracks in the bottom left corner of the photo.

The brackets are visible under the roof, a classic sign of railroad stations.

The brackets are visible under the roof, a classic sign of railroad stations.

Ramp access added. See the clear view of the station agent's window and the brackets.

Ramp access added. See the clear view of the station agent’s window and the brackets.

This photograph shows the most alterations in the conversion from train station to fire station. The walls were extended (see how the brackets are enclosed). The truck bays were added, and an addition for bays is at the end.

This photograph shows the most alterations in the conversion from train station to fire station. The walls were extended (see how the brackets are enclosed). The truck bays were added, and an addition for bays is at the end.

This isn’t the first time I’ve come across a non-traditional building turned fire station. Remember the Cavendish Queen Anne house that became a fire station with truck bays on the first floor?

What do you think of this one? The station remains in its historic setting and is still legible as a train station, though altered. The fire station is located in town. Residents know it was the train station and are glad to have both in town. Two simple improvements I’d suggest are (1) move the soda machine and (2) expose the brackets above the original door and transom. But, otherwise, it’s nice to see a town working with what it has to the best of its ability, and appreciating its history. It wouldn’t be eligible for a historic preservation tax credit, but that’s not always the point. Or is its integrity too far gone? Your thoughts?

Preservation Photos #193

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It’s the little things that give a place character like beautiful glass door knobs and etched metal key plates. Small details like this are hardly small.

Sunday Snapshots for Summer #9

A day late, but it’s been a busy weekend of adventure traveling! This was a wonderful site to wake up to in Les Bergeronnes, Quebec.

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Vergennes Depot Update

Remember the Vergennes Depot? (Seen in October 2012 and December 2012.) A lot has happened since then! Rehabilitation is well under way with new siding, restored windows, original detail exposed, historically accurate colors and much more to come. Who wants to move in?

View from the Vergennes/Ferrisburgh Park-n-Ride.

View from the Vergennes/Ferrisburgh Park-n-Ride.

And it's still located track side.

And it’s still located track side.

Looking down the tracks; the depot was located just a 1/4 mile that way.

Looking down the tracks; the depot was located just a 1/4 mile that way.

Restored windows, new clapboard siding.

Restored windows, new clapboard siding.

Close up of the windows.

Close up of the windows. And the new foundation.

Recessed arcades, an original detail.

Recessed arcades, an original detail.

Beautiful colors!

Beautiful colors!

There is still work to be done on the exterior and interior, and tenants to find for the building. But what a transformation! If you’re on Route 7 or nearby Vergennes/Ferrisburgh, head over to the Park & Ride to see this beauty!