St. Johnsbury Athenaeum

30 Main St., St. Johnsbury, Vermont


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The Athenanaeum's construction (1868-1873), its collection of American landscape paintings and books, its original role as a public library and free art gallery, and the industrial origins of the fortune that provided it, all contribute to the national significance of the building. The art collection contains a number of Hudson River School paintings. This unaltered building retains a strong, elegant Victorian flavor of the 19th century. -- National Historic Landmark statement of significance, June 19, 1996

National Register information 

Posted to the National Register of Historic Places on June 18, 1996
Reference number
Architectural style
Victorian: Second Empire
Areas of significance
Architecture; Education; Art
Level of significance
Evaluation criteria
A - Event; C - Design/Construction
Property type
Historic functions
Library; Museum
Current functions
Library; Museum
Periods of significance
1850-1874; 1875-1899; 1900-1924
Significant years
1868; 1882; 1924

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  • June 5, 2013: Photo imported by Dave King