|VPR news photo by Bob Kinzel|
Here's a bit about the structure, from the Central Vermont Walking Tour page:
2. Blanchard Block, 67-77 Main, 1833-4 and 1890This impressive block still dominates this section of Montpelier. It was the first and tallest example in town of this type of commercial architecture which remains a major component of so many "downtowns" in America. The architect, George Guernsey, designed attractive storefronts, as well as a full-sized auditorium, known as the Blanchard Opera House. Unusually fine musical entertainment graced the stage largely because it was located between Boston and Montreal and seated 800 people. The building was extended on the right to provide a larger stage and space for the Brooks Post G.A.R., but by 1910 the hall closed permanently, heralding the coming of the moving pictures. The upper floors are now all used for offices and apartments; little evidence remains of the stage and galleries.
Well, how could I resist?
|Megan Morse at architect George Guernsey's house. Photo by Jay Ericson.|