Historic Preservation

  • The restoration of historic buildings keeps economic and cultural activity in town centers, reinforces Vermont’s traditional settlement pattern, and promotes continued community use. VHCB has assisted with the preservation of more than 67 outstanding historic buildings with public use around the state. Historic buildings acquired and/or rehabilitated with VHCB funding are protected by a Historic Preservation Easement held by VHCB and the Preservation Trust of Vermont.

    Much of the housing developed with VHCB funding is in historic buildings in downtowns and village centers. These buildings are rehabilitated to retain historic features and to improve energy efficiency. VHCB has also funds the adaptive reuse of buildings such as vacant schools or commercial buildings converted into affordable housing. 

    To apply for funding to acquire and/or restore a historic building with public use, contact VHCB conservation staff for a determination of which funding category to pursue. Relevant policies may include:

    VHCB Local Conservation Policy
    Historic Preservation Policy

    • Old Socialist Labor Hall, Barre
      Old Socialist Labor Hall, Barre
    • Samuel Read House, Brownington
      Samuel Read House, Brownington
    • Flynn Theater, Burlington
      Flynn Theater, Burlington
    • Latchis Theater, Brattleboro
      Latchis Theater, Brattleboro
    • The Stonebridge, Poultney, rehabilitated following a fire for community use. A nursery school,  the Poultney-Mettowee Natural Resource Conservation District, Poultney Food Shelf,  Poultney Chamber of Commerce, and the Poultney Downtown Revitalization Committee use the building.
      The Stonebridge, Poultney, rehabilitated following a fire for community use. A nursery school, the Poultney-Mettowee Natural Resource Conservation District, Poultney Food Shelf, Poultney Chamber of Commerce, and the Poultney Downtown Revitalization Committee use the building.
    • St. Johnsbury History & Heritage Center
      St. Johnsbury History & Heritage Center
    • GRACE, Old firehouse in Hardwick
      GRACE, Old firehouse in Hardwick