Kit Houses
  • About the Project

    Kit Houses and Twentieth-Century Affordable Housing is part of a broader Historic New England initiative centered on historic affordable housing, from modest, single-family houses and duplexes to three-deckers and apartment buildings. Through public programs and collaboration with public and private entities, the initiative will work to preserve these buildings, their neighborhoods, and their stories. With its notable concentration of houses and neighborhoods from this period, Burlington, Vermont, offers an ideal case study of how historic houses continue to add value to communities and provide excellent examples of lasting, resilient design to support ongoing livability and vitality.

    Historic New England is the largest and most comprehensive independent preservation organization in the United States, and welcomes the public to thirty-eight exceptional museums and landscapes, including several coastal farms. The organization operates a major collections and archives center in Haverhill, Massachusetts, and has the world’s largest collection of New England artifacts, comprising more than 123,000 decorative arts and objects, and 1.5 million archival documents including photographs, architectural drawings, manuscripts, and ephemera. Engaging education programs for youth, adults, and preservation professionals, and award-winning exhibitions and publications are offered in person and virtually. The Historic New England Preservation Easement program is a national leader and protects 119 privately owned historic properties throughout the region. To learn more, visit:

  • Contributors

    Historic New England gratefully acknowledges the contributions of Nick Agresta, Gabrielle Perlman, and Connor Plumley for their research and writing for this project as part of the University of Vermont Historic Preservation Program’s Fall 2021 Community Preservation Project and of Alyssa Bailey, Roger Williams University Historic Preservation graduate student, for assistance with website development.