1891 Edward Wells House in Burlington, Vermont
61 Summit Street, Burlington, Vermont, United States
The Edward Wells House is a historic house at 61 Summit Street in Burlington, Vermont. Designed by Boston architect Edgar Allen Poe Newcomb in the style of Queen Anne architecture and built in 1891–92 for the president of a patent medicine maker, Edward Wells, it is one of the city’s finest examples of Queen Anne Victorian architecture executed in brick and stone. The 18,000 square foot structure showcases intricate wood carvings by Albert H. Whittekind of New York City, whose credits include carvings in the New York Public Library Main Branch and the current Chittenden County Superior Courthouse. Wells died in 1907, and his house was acquired in 1924 by the Delta Psi fraternity. By 2003, the fraternity was in decline, and in 2007 the house was purchased by the University of Vermont, which adapted for use as a guest quarters for visiting alumnae. BreadLoaf Architects, Planners and Builders were commissioned to restore the 18,000 square foot mansion, upgrade mechanicals and design & build a new 6,000 square foot pavilion. It was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1979.
According to The University of Vermont, “The project involved a complete renovation of the interior spaces and mechanical and electrical systems for the existing house and the construction of a new 6,000 square foot events pavilion addition to the house designed to accommodate 150 person occupancy. The renovation to the existing house has created a main floor dedicated to public and events spaces, a second floor with a combination of public, events and support spaces and a third floor offering secure operation and office spaces for Foundation staff.” Cover photo by Brandon Bartoszek on Flickr.