SAS Architects

Nicholson House

LOCATION: Burlington, Vermont
CLIENT: University of Vermont 
STATUS: Completed in 2016

The Nicholson House at The University of Vermont started as a porch replacement and ADA access project and grew to encompass full exterior restoration including removal of aluminum siding, existing window restoration, new aluminum storm window installation, insulating exterior walls, rebuilding chimneys, and slate roof repair.  A new bermed ADA ramp provides a welcoming access to the building on a highly visible ‘forgotten’ elevation that faced the parking lot and improved connection to the ADA parking.

Full siding and window trim replacement with exception of the east elevation was completed using Boral TruExterior Siding and Trim.  This is a polyash product that can be milled like wood but is moisture-resistant.  The east elevation was restored with red cedar and painted where repairs were required.

Together with general contractor, J.A. Morrissey and the Owner - UVM’s Physical Plant, the project success is attributed to a team approach with a high level of communication and attention to detail.  The discovery of this gem of a building was inspiring as all the old layers came off and the entire team took pride in the restoration.

The project received a 2017 Preservation Burlington Award in the Institutional Category this past February at their annual awards night.  Each year, Preservation Burlington recognizes historic buildings that represent outstanding efforts in preservation, restoration, rehabilitation, or reconstruction. In doing so, this program seeks to promote continued efforts in heritage preservation as well as highlight its benefits.

Other recent acknowledgements include a project feature in the most recent UVM Historic Preservation Newsletter and featured photo of the building on the State of Vermont’s Historic Preservation home page.

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