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Abair House
23 Apr 2012
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In the early 19th century, Dr. John Pomeroy, a founder of the University of Vermont Medical School, owned land in the southeast portion of the Burlington Intervale, including this brick house.  His son John became a lawyer specializing in debt collection, and operated a poorhouse there; debtors (many of them French-Abenaki) could work off their debts.  The Abair House was an apartment building in the latter half of the 19th century, but by the 1990s its condition had deteriorated.  Squatters often occupied the building.  Renovations to preserve building and its history were estimated at over $1 million, and the City of Burlington was finally granted a permit to destroy the Abair House in the mid-2000s.

Photo courtesy of Judy Dow.

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