Burlington through the Years

  • Newly Paved Main Street

    Newly Paved Main Street
    Looking from S. Winooski Ave., this historic photograph gives a view of the newly paved Main St. In the left side of the frame, one can see the Strong Theatre. In front of the theatre and the neighboring Chilton Paint Co., advertisements for Victor Hugo's "The Main Who Laughs" are posted on a telephone booth.
  • College Street During Paving

    College Street During Paving
    The historic image looks east up College Street from downtown Burlington. The photograph was taken in front of the Fletcher Free Library just east of the intersection with South Winooski Avenue. The College Street Congregational Church can be seen on the right. There are houses on the left side of the street. The wooden house in the lower left corner of the image has a porch with a swinging bench on it. A number of American elm trees line the road.
  • Main Street Cobbled

    Main Street Cobbled
    From the viewpoint of S. Winooski Ave. looking west, this historic image shows the cobble stoned Main St. as it once was. Parked cars sit on both sides of the trolley tracks leading up the incline.
  • Main Street Trolley Lines Being Removed

    Main Street Trolley Lines Being Removed
    This historic photograph shows workers on Main St., in between S. Winooski Ave. and Church St., removing the rails for the former trolley system. In the left side of the picture, one can see a sign for Brown's Drugs in front of the U.S. Post Office and Customs House. Further down the street one can see a sign for a restaurant reading "SEAFOOD," the Flynn Theatre advertising "My Friend Flicka," and the Vermont Motel behind it.
  • Burlington Aerial Photo

    Burlington Aerial Photo
    In this aerial photo, the presence of the railroad industry is still very much visible, and was still very much a presence, although on its way out.
  • Community Facilities Plan

    Community Facilities Plan
    With the changes in land use to come, new community facilities were proposed including Centennial Field in the East, an extension of Battery Park, and an expansion of the old marina and potentially new marina in the south along the lakefront.
  • Municipal Beach Photo

    Municipal Beach Photo
    Community facilities like this beach offered many recreational benefits to the City at a time when development would potentially rival the need for shared common space due to the approval of new subdivisions throughout the City.
  • Waterfront Aerial Photo

    Waterfront Aerial Photo
    A view from beyond the breakwater shows a cleaner picture of the waterfront in the late fifties, which was to undergo significant change in the next half decade.
  • UVM's Billings Student Center

    UVM's Billings Student Center
  • Cherry Street

    Cherry Street
    A birds-eye view of Cherry Street in Burlington. The Lake Champlain waterfront and the Adirondack Mountains on the far side of the lake are visible beyond the city scene here. Cherry Street is lined with parked cars. A tall stone apartment or office building dominates the landscape, which also features several smaller building, including wooden homes at the right edge of the photograph and an open field in the lower left corner.
  • Burlington's Neighborhoods

    Burlington's Neighborhoods
    In 1958, developers were noticing that Burlington’s population was moving away from its regional core, thus they decided that industrial and commercial efforts were needed to bring interest back to Burlington’s center. This regional core outlined in the 1985 Burlington Neighborhoods Guide is very much the same as the study area focused on for the Plan BTV efforts.
  • College Street

    College Street
    The more recent image shows College Street in summer 71 years later. The church is still visible on the right and the brick building from the old photograph on the left side of the image. Parked cars and parking meters now line both sides of the road. All of the elm trees in the old photograph have died or were removed when the street was widened. Smaller trees and shrubs have replaced the elms.