Kit Houses

Robinson Parkway 2

From the late 1920s through the 1940s, Dr. Carl Robinson, who lived at 262 South Prospect Street, developed the land behind his home into Robinson Court (later called “Parkway”). The houses on this serpentine street, and on nearby cul-de-sacs Henderson Terrace and University Terrace, are predominantly in the Colonial Revival and Tudor Revival styles and Craftsman-style bungalows popular at the time.

These styles were offered by mail-order companies like Sears, as well as designed by local architects, including Louis Newton and Freeman, French & Freeman. Henderson Terrace, originally known as Vermont Avenue, was fully developed by 1942, with most construction occurring between 1925 and 1931. Many homes were in the trendy Colonial Revival style.

Occupations of residents in these neighborhoods reflected a more upper middle-class status than those in the Five Sisters and Addition neighborhoods. Professions listed in the City Directory in the 1920s included University of Vermont professors, physicians, and managers, directors, owners, and superintendents of businesses.