Rutland's downtown boomed with the marble industry after 1850. By 1880 the city's population had tripled. Marble was used extensively in the construction or embellishment of many architecturally significant buildings. In fact, marble quarrying, begun in 1845, still flourishes nearby.

Downtown Rutland boasts a unique architectural heritage. Over 100 of Rutland's downtown buildings are listed in the U.S. National Register.

In the 1870s Merchants Row was one of the most impressive streets of commerce in New England, certainly the finest in Vermont.

Rutland has an architectural legacy second to none. Its historic structures, which encompass block after city block, date from the late 18th century.

Since 1976 a great deal of restoration has been accomplished. Significant buildings include the Rutland Savings Bank, the Opera House, the Gryphon Building, and many other buildings in and around downtown.

Many fine Victorian homes of the era still stand behind the Main Street Park between Route 7 and downtown. Many buildings along Merchants Row and Center Street are noted on the National Register of Historic Places.

When visiting Downtown Rutland take advantage of the Walking Tour of Historic Downtown Rutland-a collaboration of the Rutland Area Cultural Alliance and the University of Vermont Historic Preservation Program. For walking tour details, call the Downtown Rutland Partnership at 773-9380.

Special thanks to the Downtown Rutland Partnership for this story.

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