Cream Hill Tavern Interior Reconstruction

Brandon
Vermont

The Cream Hill Tavern had been disassembled to save it.  Originally built in Shoreham, Vermont, it was reconstructed in nearby Brandon.  After the original contractor had abandoned the project, the owner found me and hired me to finish the restoration of the interior.  All the surviving woodwork was in the house, although in no state of organization.  So, our first job was to sort this mess out and determine where all these pieces of antique woodwork belonged.  One very interesting thing we soon discovered was that there was woodwork from three distinct architectural styles, Federal, Greek Revival, and a late form of Gothic Revival.  The house had been a Public House or Tavern from its earliest days and retains a large ballroom upstairs.   The upstairs rooms had retained their original Federal style.  The Front doorway and some of the entry hall had been done over in the later Greek Revival style with some of the Federal woodwork left in place; and the main rooms on the first floor had been subsequently done over in the Gothic, including the replacement of the windows with much taller ones typical of that style.  So the entry hall had trim of all three styles!  Federal period raised panel wainscot; and both Greek Revival and Gothic Revival Architraves at the doorways. The photos show some of this woodwork and our carefull replacement of it in the proper places.

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