Fire Department RFP: REQUEST FOR PROPOSAL FOR VERNON FIRE STATION FINISH WORK AND PAINTING Town of Vernon, Vermont   The Town of Vernon, Vermont, (“Town”) is soliciting proposals from qualified companies or individuals for Vernon Fire Station-Finish work, painting of all exterior walls, doors, windows, soffits and trim. Sealed Bids are due by December 6, 2021 at 4:00 pm to: Inquiries and submissions to: Vernon Selectboard, c/o: Shelly Walker Town Administrator, Town of Vernon 567 Governor Hunt Rd., Vernon, VT 05354 (802) 257-2138 Email: Bid opening: Tuesday, December 7, 2021 at 6:30 PM during the Select board meeting. Proposal requirements are available at the Town Clerks office during business hours or via email This bid request invites responses from experienced and professional contractors to complete finish work on exterior wall around rear garage doors, resurfacing/stucco on cement block walls where needed, repair/replace exterior trim and soffits where needed, caulking around doors and windows as needed, paint the exterior walls, doors, windows, trim, soffits of the Town of Vernon Fire Station located at 2842 Fort Bridgman Rd., Vernon, VT. Submit questions concerning this RFP via email per the schedule outlined above.   The Town reserves the right to reject any or all bids submitted. Bids will be evaluated by the Town based on experience and reputation, understanding of Town requirements, clarity, completeness and price. During the evaluation process, the Town reserves the right, where it may serve in the Town's best interest, to request additional information or clarification from bidders.  


‘Hunt’ing Down History, Part 17

By Barbara Emery Moseley

Although Richard Morris Hunt is remembered for his oversight of the design of the 1893 Columbian Exposition in Chicago, as well as for being the architect who designed opulent homes for prominent wealthy patrons, he also was engaged in the design of many public buildings in the Northeast.

In New York City are the Plaza Hotel; the Columbian Presbyterian Hospital; the central entrance to the Metropolitan Museum of Art; the Stuyvesant apartments on E. 18th Street (known as the “French Flats”); and the New York Tribune Building. Also, St. Mark’s Church, Islip, NY (which was commissioned by William K. Vanderbilt); the Academic Building at West Point; Scroll and Key Clubhouse at Yale; the Fogg Museum at Harvard; the Howland Library in Beacon, NY; the Vanderbilt Tomb on Staten Island; the pedestal of the statue celebrating the Revolutionary War victory at Yorktown; and the Cromwell House, located at Hyde Park, near the Roosevelt House. (Despite his being born in Brattleboro, the only works of Richard Morris Hunt situated locally are two simple stones for his father and brother William Morris Hunt, in the Hunt lot in Prospect Hill Cemetery.)

A distinct honor of Richard Morris Hunt’s was his invitation to England to receive the Royal Society of Architects’ highest award, the Gold Medal. He also organized the American Institute of Architects and was its first president. Membership required a high level of design knowledge and training. It still exists today, and when one sees AIS following the name of an architect or firm, the customer can expect high quality work.

Testimonials came from his clients as well. One such acknowledgement is found in a letter of April 4, 1874, to Hunt’s wife, written by Henry ward Beecher, the powerful and convincing pastor of the Plymouth Congregational Church, in Brooklyn.

I pray you not to let your husband worry on so small a matter as my work. It is of little consequence whether I am sooner or later at my house, but it is of great consequence to all lovers of good arts that he gets well as soon as possible. I regard him as one of the few men in his profession who are artists rather than artisans and that anything that should withdraw him from work would be a public calamity not easy to be estimated.

Richard Morris Hunt recovered, working for another twenty years, dying July 31, 1895. The Reverend Edward Judson, pastor of the Memorial Baptist Church at Washington Square, commented that, although he knew him only slightly, he felt “a great personal bereavement. I used to go across Washington Square sometimes in the morning, just in hope of meeting him.”

Hunt saw his son, Richard Howland Hunt, born in Paris, in 1862, became a distinguished American architect, as well.

Although this chapter essentially completes the story of Richard Morris Hunt, two other Hunts are being brought to life about fifty miles from here. You have met them before; one has blue eyes, the other brown. Any guesses?

Photo: Plaza Hotel, New York City, designed by Richard Morris Hunt