HISTORY & ARCHITECTURE
Rutland’s downtown boomed with the marble industry and the arrival of the railroad after 1850. By 1880 the city’s population had tripled. Marble was used extensively in the construction or embellishment of many architecturally significant buildings. In fact, marble quarrying, begun c.1845, still flourishes nearby.
Downtown Rutland boasts a unique architectural heritage. Over 100 of our Downtown buildings are listed in the National Register.
In the 1870’s, Merchants Row was one of the most impressive streets of commerce in New England, certainly the finest in Vermont.
Rutland has an architectural legacy second to none. Its historic structures, which encompass block after city block, date from the late 1790s.
Since 1976 a great deal of restoration has been accomplished. Significantly restored buildings include the Paramount Theatre, the Rutland Savings Bank, the Opera House, the Gryphon Building, and many other buildings in and around Downtown.
Many fine Victorian homes of the era still stand behind the Main Street Park between Route 7 and Downtown. Buildings along Merchants Row and Center Street are noted on the National Register of Historic Places.