Liberty House Receives Recognition of Historic Importance from Preservation Burlington

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By: Eric Farrell | August 21, 2018

Renovating the historic former St. Joseph’s Orphanage Asylum was not part of my initial scope when I made a deal with Burlington College to develop the property now known as Cambrian Rise. Now, that the vision of Cambrian Rise is unfolding with the construction of the first new building by Champlain Housing Trust, it’s hard to envision not having the gem that is now Liberty House at the helm of our beautiful new neighborhood.


After many long conversations and careful attention to detail, Liberty House, while not a textbook historic restoration, is still an exalted version of its old self. Liberty House is now home to nearly 100 residents who appreciate the time and effort we took to restore the historic grand entry, the tin ceilings and exposed brick (when possible), the tall historic windows and the unique windows in the gable ends, the heavy beams in the attic, the handsome tiled newel post and, of course, the iconic cupola – SO many stunning details. They also relish their time in the well-appointed and comfortable ground level lobby/lounge, as well as on the sunset veranda, a breathtaking community space that brings neighbors together in a not-quite-historic amenity.

After featuring Liberty House on its annual “Homes Tour”, Preservation Burlington honored us with a commemorative plaque. Many thanks to Preservation Burlington for acknowledging the difficult process of breathing new life into an old building for a new generation of residents. It’s a testimony to the thoughtful work my design and development team did for the community.


Posted on August 21, 2018 updated on August 21, 2018