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Pavilion Hotel papers, 1968-1971.
Conlon, Thomas S., 1934-1990.
Library Call Number Copy Material Location
Vermont Historical Society Library  Doc 151  Manuscript  Vault-Manuscript 

Personal Author : Conlon, Thomas S., 1934-1990.
Title : Pavilion Hotel papers, 1968-1971.
Physical Description : 1 linear foot.
Summary :

This collection contains files of Thomas S. Conlon, Chairman of Friends of the Pavilion, relating to the controversy over the fate of the Pavilion Hotel near the State House in Montpelier, Vermont, 1967-1971. It includes correspondence; personal notes; newspaper articles; governmental, architectural and engineering studies; and publications concerning one of the early battles of the historic preservation movement in Vermont.

The collection includes correspondence with the Vermont Historical Society and its director Charles T. Morrissey; Governor Deane Davis; Governor Philip H. Hoff; Robert Burley, architect for the project; William Kearns, chairman, Board of State Buildings; Vermont Department of Administration; Pizzagalli Construction Company; U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development; National Trust for Historic Preservation; and U.S. Department of Interior, Historic American Buildings Survey. The collection also contains correspondence of Wesley and Miriam Herwig of Randolph, Vermont, about the same issue.

Biographical or historical data :

The Pavilion Hotel was a "High Victorian" structure dating from 1875. Because of its location adjacent to the Vermont State House, it was known as "Vermont's Third House". In 1966, the Pavilion was bought by the State of Vermont and closed as a hotel. The question then was whether to restore and remodel the building for use as state offices or to tear it down. After many legislative votes the decision was to raze the building and rebuild it using the same facade on a modern structure. The new "hotel" was dedicated in 1970.

Thomas Shaun Conlon, leader of the group of concerned citizens who wanted to preserve the building, was born in Waterbury, Vermont, on December 9, 1934. After graduating from Dartmouth in 1956, he entered the Pennsylvania Law School completing the course in 1959. In 1963, he became a tax counsel for National Life Insurance Company. He was also a partner in the law firm of Gravel, Shea and Wright in Burlington from 1973-1979. He served on the Montpelier School Board and the Montpelier Planning Commission; was president of the Vermont Historical Society, 1973-1977; was president of the Barre Opera House Board of Trustees; and was Chairman of the Friends of the Pavilion Committee. He died May 18, 1990.

Corporate Subject : Pavilion Hotel Montpelier, Vt.
Subject Term : Historic buildings Vermont Montpelier
Geographic Term : Montpelier (Vt.) Buildings, structures, etc.
Added Author : Morrissey, Charles T.
Davis, Deane C. (Deane Chandler), 1900-1990.
Burley, Robert.
Hoff, Philip H., 1924-
Kearns, William.
Herwig, Wesley, 1919-2003.
Herwig, Miriam, 1923-2015.
Added Author : Friends of the Pavilion (Montpelier, Vt.)
Vermont Historical Society.
Vermont. Department of Administration.
Vermont. Department of State Buildings.
Pizzagalli Construction Co. (South Burlington, Vt.)
National Trust for Historic Preservation in the United States (Washington, D.C.)
Historic American Buildings Survey.