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What do you think this old building was?

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Bennington, Vermont.

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pumpkinhead

HELLO Jacques!
What a treat to see you are up to visiting today! ☺

pumpkinhead

Thanks Mogens, Robbie, Ginger, Ami, and snooker!

jacquescamus

HELLO MY LITTLE PUMPKIN

snooker

Too late to even guess. Interesting reading. :)

loveydear

I wouldn't have guessed a school, nice one though. Thanks Suzy!

cinderfire

This was a fun one Suzy and made our brains do some exercise.

Robbiel

My first guess was a school Suzy..........Now I know, very interesting building, thanks!

Mogens

Great photo Suzy. Lovely deep blue sky :-)

pumpkinhead

This building is an Acadmey. Built in 1821 the Old Academy was meant to be the finest building in the state. This building served first as a private school and then a public school, it later became Old Bennington's Public Library.
The tablet next to the Academy marks the site of the cabin built by the first settler, Samuel Robinson who built his cabin here in 1761.

Thanks to all of you for your educated guesses and your patience in finding out the answer!

suzy

pumpkinhead

A fine guess, Marm.

kwattam-That's a good thought!

Cinderfire-One can see that it could be a New England Town Hall.

Spricey-I like the way you've taken the double doors into account. Of course, you have a fine theory. LOL

Good eye, smllpkg. The marker you noticed has to do with something else on the property, not this building.

Queenbee-=That's a good thought considering the 2 doors!

Dogorman-You have looked at the many aspects of the building that make one wonder. I will tell you in just a moment!

Grandmalucy- Good guess....but it is not that. :(

Ladywil- You are a sneak!!! :)

Beekay-The two doors were the feature that made me ponder what the building was originally.

JM-You have me laughing, of course! One if by land.....? :)

Agnes-It's fun seeing how people think! :)

I thought the same about the top, warbler. Jim said it may have been added later as well. Would like to see a burlesque dance hall in Bennington at the time this was built!

Great seeing what people come up with, isn't it Putter??

Robbos-I'd break the law to be put up there!

The answer is coming Lorna! Thank you for your patience!

goingsilver

Um, pass... I will wait patiently for the answer Suzy!

Robbos

Some sort of a lock-up?

PutterDutt

Anezka, I'm laughing at Spricey's comment, too. Trust our Warbs to come up with dance hall! I just haven't a clue. It's not very pretty. Georgian architecture in that it's the same on both sides. You know, that face on the building looks almost added-on. IF not for that, I'd guess church.

warbler

The top looks added but I still have to go with meeting hall or burlesque dance hall.

anezka

I do like most Spricey comment, I laugh even now.... :))))))
Perhaps it Suzy soon reveal who guessed and what it is .... ;-)))

JM_Cookie

Well ya got me.. The tower is the sort of thing they would build so a person could watch for ships coming. Given that this is in Bennington Vermont, it world be impressive to see any ships, except air ships LOL

Beekay

Two front doors, I'd say a church...maybe a meeting house.

ladywil

I looked it up and know what it is, but I won't tell. It is for sale for 595,000.

grandmalucy

It looks like a jewish temple to me.

dogorman53

Interesting. The front and back (barely seen) are more formal and perhaps were to make a very coomon building/use seem more important. With all the windows I wonder if it was a school or something. Hmmm...when will you tell us?

Queenbee2b

A Quaker Church, with a door for the men to enter, and a door for the women? :)

smllpkg101

Now if we could read the marker in the lower left corner, we'd probably know what it once was. It looks like it was a school or church, but I'm thinking that's too obvious. So I'm going to guess the village blacksmith shop. No, wait, maybe a courthouse? Good fun, pumpkinhead! ☺ ☺ ☺

Spricey

Because of the bell tower and twin doors, in and out maybe, an emergency service? Like fire station. Hmm no truck facilities though. Pre-truck days?
Could be a church where you can do a U-turn to quick get out if you change your mind about getting married!

cinderfire

I'm guessing a town hall. Lots of history in it no doubt.

A congregation hall.

marm

A school

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