The Willard Street Inn was built in 1881 for Charles Woodhouse, a prominent businessman and Vermont State Senator. The design of the house incorporates elements of the Queen Anne and the Colonial-Georgian Revival styles, both of which were just gaining popularity at that time.
Today, the brick structure retains its marble detail, slate roof, and a striking exterior marble staircase which descends to the elaborate gardens below. Inside, high ceilings, intricate moldings and wood floors hearken back to another era. Upon entering the spacious cherry-paneled foyer, one can almost imagine the grand turn-of-the-century parties which Mr. Woodhouse might have hosted.
Through the ensuing years, the house had numerous owners. In 1996, Gordon and Beverly Watson transformed the residence into the Willard Street Inn. With painstaking detail, the house has been renovated and restored to its original splendor.
In 2005, Katie and Larry Davis relocated from their home in East Aurora, New York to become the Innkeepers at the Willard Street. Their daughter Carrie came to Burlington during her college search and on their very first visit to Vermont stayed at the Willard Street Inn. Carrie chose Champlain College for their hospitality program and was hired at the Inn, a job she kept all through her schooling. After graduation she worked elsewhere for a few years but the charm of Vermont, Burlington, and the Willard Street Inn lured her back and she graciously accepted the position as the Inn's general manager. Shortly after, the former innkeepers decided to ease into retirement and inquired as to whether her parents would be interested in buying the Inn, and as they say, "the rest is history." Since 2005, Katie and Larry have welcomed guests to one of Burlington's premier inns in the heart of the city's picturesque Hill District.
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