Blaisdell, Augustus and Laura, House
517 Depot Street, Chester, Vermont
+43.26727, -72.5900643°16'02" N, 72°35'24" W
The Augustus and Laura Blaisdell House, built in 1868 in Chester Depot, Vermont, is locally significant under Criterion C as an example of a transitional Greek Revival/Italianate-style residence. The vernacular building was designed with a dual purpose, which included commercial space originally highlighted by a large plate-glass show window. The Blaisdell House presents a traditional temple front form with a steeply pitched front-gabled roof framed by wide overhanging eaves that are emphasized by a plain frieze and bed molding. The unique two-part window lintels incorporate an Italianate segmental arch topped by a Greek Revival-style peaked head. Located prominently at the center of the community, the imposing building was constructed on land purchased by Laura Blaisdell following her marriage to Augustus Blaisdell, a successful merchant who moved to Vermont by 1860 to serve as agent for his family's fireproof roofing and paint company. The location of the Blaisdell House alongside the tracks of the Champlain and Connecticut River Railroad was strategic in order to provide ease in the transportation of goods to the village of Chester Depot from the New Hampshire-based headquarters of A.H. Blaisdell & Co. This convenient location, coupled with the imposing building's fashionable architectural expression and commercial show window, served as advertisement for the business, which aided in fostering new construction during a period of the rapid growth in the village and surrounding areas. The Blaisdell House stands auspiciously within a core group of commercial and residential buildings that hallmark the mid-19th century growth of the village as a direct result of the railroad and its depot. The building's period of significance is 1868, the year it was built as a house and store for Augustus and Laura Blaisdell.
Posted to the NRHP 1-29-2014
- May 14, 2015: Updated by Brian Bartlett: Fixed typo
- August 18, 2014: Added by Dave King