Finally in April 1986 the Investors Corporation of Vermont (ICV), under Paul Sprayregen, purchased Park Centre and gutted its interior. Retaining local architects Weimann Lamphere, the developer made major structural and mechanical repairs and remodeled the hotel into 57 luxury apartments. ICV renamed the building Vermont House and initially rented the units: tenants began moving in that November. Sprayregen also built a parking garage, south of the hotel on King Street.
Today residents of the Historic Vermont House are a mix of young professionals, creative people, students, and retirees. In 1997 ICV announced to its tenants that it was converting the building into condominiums. All the units were sold by 2000.
In 2007 a new elevator was installed. In 2011 the laundry room was renovated and the lobby freshly painted. The condo association plans to continue restoring the building and upgrading its facilities as the association’s budget permits.
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Child, Hamilton, comp. Gazetteer and Business Directory of Chittenden County, Vermont, for 1882-83. Syracuse, N.Y., 1882.
Defebaugh, James Elliot. History of the Lumber Industry in America. Chicago: American Lumberman, 1907.
Eley, Rob. “Park Centre’s Demise Stirs Memories of Hotel’s Heyday.” Burlington Free Press, September 27, 1982, p. 1.
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“Hotel Vermont: The Largest and Finest Hotel in Vermont.” Brochure, n.d. (before 1936), courtesy Sandy Levesque.
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Text researched and written and photos compiled by Janet Biehl in April 2012. Thanks to Special Collections, University of Vermont, and to Preservation Burlington for their assistance.