Blog :: 2018

Greater Burlington YMCA: Bigger, Better, Breaking Ground on College Street


Photo courtesy of Greater Burlington YMCA

With a proposed completion date of early 2020, construction has begun on the new building for the Greater Burlington YMCA. If you’re headed up College Street, check out the newest big hole in the ground between South Union St. and Hungerford Terrace. S.D. Ireland has been hard at work on the foundation of this $15M project. The building will house two pools, a gym, running/walking track, fitness studios, workout space, and expanded drop-in child care space. The footprint of the building will eclipse that of the old Ethan Allen Club which has been demolished to make space for the new Y. The Y states that membership rates will go up, but expected increases in membership numbers will help keep these price increases moderate. 

Photo courtesy of Greater Burlington YMCA


Read the full article from the Burlington Free Press HERE!


Burlington's Mail-Order Homes, Hidden in Plain Sight


Would you like to buy a house, 4 Bedroom, 1 bath, anywhere you’d like for $2,495? Well then hop in a time machine to the 1920s when Sears & Roebuck offered to sell you an entire house and ship it to you in a sealed train car to assemble on your own with limited tools, time and expertise. Maybe houses will be the next offering from Amazon, after recently adding fresh(ish) cut Christmas trees to their distribution centers. Maybe you’re living in a catalog home and you don’t even know it?


146 N. Prospect Street  - Google Maps                                                                                       1925 Sears Modern Homes Catalog -


An example of  a Sears Fullerton model - 146 N Prospect Street. 


Mail order homes represent an American spirit of fierce independence and confident optimism to have enough foolishness to believe that you could assemble a home that could stand for a century as if it were a LEGO set. Many have admired the idea of these homes for a long time and have often wondered if some of their neighbors lived in such houses. Thankfully, Burlington has published, “A Guide to the Catalog Houses of Burlington, Vermont.” Written in 2009 by a UVM graduate student as part of the Community Preservation Project, the Guide documents various homes in Burlington and their corresponding model types.


For the adventurous, I’ve added a pin for each of the 30 houses identified in the Guide to a Google Map, creating a virtual scavenger hunt around Burlington! Enjoy!


Alec Murphy, Lipkin Team


Works Cited

Hummer, Lauren. “A Guide to the Catalog Houses of Burlington, Vermont.” City of Burlington, Vermont, 2009,

Rosenberg, Joe. “The House That Came in the Mail.” 99% Invisible,

“Six Sears Houses.” New England Historical Society, 30 June 2018,


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    194 Saint Paul - New Champlain College Dorm, and Its Effect on Burlington's Rental Market

    194 St. Paul Street - MATTHEW THORSEN


    This August, three hundred fourteen Champlain College students will move into the newly constructed 194 Saint Paul Street building. This ambitious Champlain College project has been years in the making as part of the College’s goal to house even more of its undergraduates. The new building is about half a mile from the center of Champlain College’s campus, and also only a few blocks from Church Street and the waterfront. It’s unclear exactly how the changing marketplace will affect the composition of renters in what are currently popular student zones in Burlington. Nevertheless, according to real estate agent and landlord Steve Lipkin, “the market is at tight as [he’s] ever seen it for residential single-family homes in Burlington.”  Read the full story from Seven Days VT HERE!


    *Photo: Matthew Thorsen, Seven Days VT


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