St. Johnsbury Academy (1842) – Brantview House (1884)

St. Johnsbury Academy (1842) – Brantview House (1884)
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1000 Main Street, St. Johnsbury, Vermont USA • This chateau style brick Victorian mansion of William Paddock Fairbanks (1840-1895) and Rebecca Pike Fairbanks (1841-1928), and now serves as a St. Johnsbury Academy dormitory.

Much of the architecture in St. Johnsbury was designed by Vermont architect and builder Lambert Packard (1832-1906). Trained by his father as a carpenter, Packard found employment as a draftsman and a patternmaker before becoming the carpenter foreman and later the company architect of E. & T. Fairbanks & Company in St. Johnsbury, Vermont. His buildings include the Fairbanks Museum and Planetarium, North Congregational Church, Brantview, the YMCA building, the Fairbanks Block, Estabrook House, and C.H. Stevens house. According to biographer Allen D. Hodgdon, "During his career Packard was called upon to design practically every kind of building known to the profession." He designed over 800 buildings during his Vermont career from 1866 to 1906. – From the website of Discover St. Johnsbury.

The St. Johnsbury Academy is an independent, private, coeducational, non-profit boarding and day school located in St. Johnsbury, Vermont, U.S., enrolling students in grades 9-12. It was founded in 1842 by Thaddeus Fairbanks, and accepts the majority of its students through one of the nation’s oldest voucher systems. – From Wikipedia.

Horace Fairbanks (21 March 1820 – 17 March 1888) was Governor of Vermont from 1876 to 1878. He was born in Barnet, Vermont, the third of nine children of Erastus Fairbanks (who had been a Republican Governor of Vermont) and his wife Lois Crossman. He was educated in the county schools and Phillips Andover Academy. He became confidential clerk of E. & T. Fairbanks & Co. at age twenty, eventually becoming partner and then president. He promoted the construction of a railway line from Portland to Ogdensburg via the White Mountain Notch, and became president of the Vermont division of the railroad, as well as president of the First National Bank of St. Johnsbury, Vermont.

He married Mary E. Taylor on 9 August 1840. They had three children. In 1871 he presented to St. Johnsbury the St. Johnsbury Athenæum, incorporating a free public library containing 8,000 volumes and an art gallery. He was a trustee of the University of Vermont and Andover Seminary. He was elected Governor in 1876, serving a two year term. Fairbanks died in New York. – From the website at