Apartment Building at 27 & 31 Peru Street and 29 Johnson Street

27 & 31 Peru Street and 29 Johnson Street, Burlington, Vermont

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The c. 1889 apartment building located at 27 & 31 Peru Street and 29 Johnson Street, on the southwest corner of Peru and Johnson Streets, is a vernacular Queen Anne multi-family building that evokes the residential development of Burlington during the late 19th century. It was built for Eli Johnson, who oversaw construction of most of the buildings on Johnson Street. The 2-story building is an example of the types of duplexes constructed to house Vermont- or New York born working-class residents, many of whom had recently arrived in the burgeoning community. Its development, with added porches and a third rental unit in the mid-20th century, is representative of the changes multi-family housing often experienced as housing needs evolved in the Old North End. The fashionable Queen Anne style elements evoke the influential status of Eli Johnson as a prominent local businessman, while the more minimal vernacular flavor of the building intentionally welcomes its working-class tenants. Therefore, this apartment building has local significance under National Register Criterion C for its architecture, and is being nominated under the Multiple Property Documentation Form for -The Historic and Architectural Resources of Burlington, Vermont,- Historic Context -The Evolution of Worker Housing, 1827-1956- and meets the registration requirements for the -Multi-Unit Worker Housing- property type.

Posted to the NRHP 1-22-2014

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  • August 17, 2014: Added by Dave King

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