A Land-Grant Visionary's Notion of Home

Chronicle Photographs by Lawrence Biemiller

More than a decade before he wrote the first of two laws that created land-grant colleges, Justin Smith Morrill designed this house for himself, with help from one of the popular pattern books of the day.
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In rural Vermont, sobriety tends to be the rule in domestic design. So the pink 19th-century cottage with exuberant Gothic features that sits on a hillside here would be remarkable in any case—even if it hadn't been designed by a local merchant who...

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