Italics submitted by Pall Spera
Would it not be interesting if every home and office were equipped with a special screen that allowed us to pear back in time and witness a fast-forward replay of the history of the dwelling?
Imagine the first settlers digging the soil for the first time and a building taking shape with much labor and precision; the subsequent maintenance crews, families or business people coming in and out of the dwelling and the gradual evolution of their clothes and the objects they might carry; the first horse-pulled carriage bringing in a new bride and groom, perhaps, and the first Model-T taking its place; the rudimentary road that originally lead to this place and its transformation over time.
Pall Spera opened his first office on the Mountain Road in 1969. Now, the company operates from three offices, each with a distinct Vermont style. Stowe looked different in the early 1970s. I recently asked Pall to tell me about the history of the buildings that house our offices.
Our original and main office building was built in 1832 and is registered as a historic building with the Stowe Historical Society. It was always a unique building since the bricks used in it came from a brickyard that made thinner and slightly smaller than standard bricks. There are still brick shards found across the street in the riverbank of the West Branch River (near the Shed Restaurant), the site of the old brickyard.
Later, this was the premier farm in the area due to its coveted flat meadow land. It was known as ‘Rocky River Farm’ and owned by the Charles and Ruth Gale Family.
The Village office is the site of the former Newton’s Market and later Val’s Country Store. It is a circa 1845 that once served as livery stable. The original floors and materials are still visible.
The Morrisville office, at 200 Park Street, is an elegant village home that was characteristic of the style of large homes in the hey day of Lamoille county’s largest community: Spacious and grand, with beautiful woodwork, 10’ ceilings and period fixtures.
We move in and out of the spaces of our lives, seemingly moving amongst static structures and objects, not realizing that they have momentum of their own, often influenced by our actions. Like us, they rise and fall and move and breathe and witness history; they simply do it at a different pace, barely noticeable in the blink of an eye.