Preservation Burlington Programs

Annual Awards

Each year, Preservation Burlington recognizes historic buildings that represent outstanding efforts in preservation, restoration, rehabilitation or reconstruction. In doing so, this program seeks to promote continued efforts in heritage preservation as well as highlight its benefits. The program also recognizes individuals who have made significant contributions to the betterment of our community life.
Learn more, nominate a property or see past recipients »

Architectural Toolkit and Walking Tours for Educators

History starts here. Discover Burlington's rich history through its architecture, and give your students a new perspective on their own neighborhood. Our architectural toolkit is a hands-on, place-based learning instrument for ages 8+. Rent it for a few weeks or a full month. Preservation Burlington can also customize a complementary walking tour for your student group. Learn more »

Historic MarkerHistoric Markers

Preservation Burlington Historic Markers are the perfect way to celebrate the age of your home! The markers can be hung on the exterior or interior of your home.

Cost: $100
Includes: basic research on your home, a marker and one-year membership to Preservation Burlington.

Marker request form (PDF)

Homes Tour

Saturday, June 3, 12-4pm - $20. Tickets available at

An annual event, the Preservation Burlington Homes Tour highlights Burlington's residential architecture and allows participants rare access to private homes.

The 2016 tour featured an eclectic mix of Burlington’s historic homes. Participants toured the home of Vermont’s Episcopal Bishop, a 120-year-old Tudor Revival style structure tucked away on the shore of Lake Champlain.  We also saw a stately, mid-19th century brick Federal style home on South Union Street — recent winner of Preservation Burlington’s Historic Preservation Award for residential properties — as well as the Hill Section home and studio of artist Diane Gabriel. New this year, local contractors who worked on several of the homes were on hand to discuss the restoration projects.

This popular tradition will continue in 2017. You’ll take delight in finely decorated interiors and inspiring landscapes and gardens.

The tour is self-guided with the help of numerous volunteers from the community. The Homes Tour is Preservation Burlington’s biggest fundraising event. Proceeds from the tour will go towards the organization’s many other educational programs.

Tickets - $20 - are available through starting in May. NOTE: Tickets held at the Box Office will be available to be picked up at the Flynn Theatre on the day of the event. No tickets will be available for purchase at the homes.

See our Homes Tour archive »


Walking Tours

Walking tours of Burlington are offered weekly in the summer. Download brochure (PDF) »

We can also arrange a tour for your private group or class... contact us if this is something you'd like to do.


Workshops & Educational Programming

There are currently no workshops scheduled. The following is a sample of past offerings:

Historic Wooden Window Restoration
Historic windows are often the first elements of an older home to be replaced.  Historic wooden windows are threatened because of a dwindling amount of skilled workers able to restore historic windows properly, and an ever-increasing push for newer, more “efficient” synthetic windows.  This workshop focuses on providing training for regular people to learn the necessary skills to restore and repair historic wooden windows.  Participants also learn how to deal with lead paint hazards and how to make historic windows more efficient.

Ron Wanamaker and Amy Mentes, Wanamaker Restoration & Champlain Valley Millworks


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