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Laurel Glen Mausoleum Laurel Hall

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Nearest city  Shewsbury, Vermont
NRHP Reference #  98001429
Area  3,200 m²
Built  1881 (1881)
Opened  1881
Added to NRHP  23 November 1998
Laurel Glen Mausoleum-Laurel Hall
Architect  Giovanni Turini, G.B. Croff
Architectural style  Queen Anne, Classical Revival
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Laurel Hall and the Laurel Glen Mausoleum form a historic estate property on Vermont Route 103 in Shrewsbury, Vermont. Built between 1880 and 1882, the estate includes examples of high style Queen Anne architecture in the main house and some outbuildings, and includes a distinctive Egyptian Revival mausoleum, all built by John Porter Bowman, a prominent local businessman. The properties were listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1998.

Description and history

The Laurel Hall estate is located astride Route 103, just south of the village of Cuttingsville. The property includes a main house and carriage barn on landscaped grounds on the west side of the road, and a caretakers house, conservatory, and mausoleum on the east side. The main house is a large 2-1/2 story wood frame building, with complex massing and roof line typical of the Queen Anne period. Prominent features include a three-story tower with elaborate trim and balconies on the upper levels, and a full-width porch extending across the front. The house stands at the back of a landscaped semicircular drive, with marble fenceposts at its entrances. The carriage barn, located near the southern end of the loop, is decorated in a manner similar to the house.

Roughly opposite the house on the west side of Route 103 stands the mausoleum, set raised above the roadway, with a dressed ashlar granite retaining wall below. It is a rectangular structure with walls that slope inward, and are capped by a gabled roof. The entrance faces the road, set in a rectangular opening with curved corners. Stairs ascend from the sides to reach it, with an urned railing wall in front. Similar urn-like decorations adorn both the roof of the mausoleum and the retaining wall in front of it.

John Porter Boardman, for whom Laurel Hall was built, was a native of Clarendon who made a fortune in the tanning and leather industry, supplying the Union Army during the American Civil War. Two of his daughters died young (in 1854 and 1879) and his wife died in 1880. The grief-stricken Boardman had the mausoleum built as a memorial to them in 1880, and it was an instant sensation and tourist attraction. Laurel Hall was built to a design by G.B. Croff, and was his summer residence and retirement home until his death in 1891.


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