Castleton Medical College Building

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Castleton Medical College Building
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Castleton Medical College Building is located in Vermont
Castleton Medical College Building
Castleton Medical College Building is located in the US
Castleton Medical College Building
Location Seminary St., Castleton, Vermont
Coordinates 43°36′36″N 73°10′43″W / 43.61000°N 73.17861°W / 43.61000; -73.17861Coordinates: 43°36′36″N 73°10′43″W / 43.61000°N 73.17861°W / 43.61000; -73.17861
Area 0.5 acres (0.20 ha)
Built 1818 (1818)
Part of Castleton Village Historic District (#79000225)
NRHP Reference # 71000058[1]
Significant dates
Added to NRHP March 11, 1971
Designated CP April 26, 1979

The Castleton Medical College Building, now known as the Old Chapel, is a historic building of the Castleton Medical College on Seminary Street in Castleton, Vermont, United States. Founded in 1818, it was the first medical college in Vermont,[2] and the first private degree-granting medical school in the United States. The chapel-like building was built in 1821, and is now the oldest building on the campus of Castleton University. Its current use is for special meetings and performances for Castleton University.[3] It was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1971.[1]

Description and history[edit]

The former Castleton Medical College Building stands on the Castleton University campus, between Seminary and Elm Streets. It is a two-story wooden structure, with timber framing enclosed by wooden clapboards, and a gabled roof. A projecting vestibule has a lower roof line than the main block, with a fully pedimented gable end, and the main entrance in a recess flanked by pilasters and topped by an entablature. At the front of the main roof a two-stage tower rises, square in the first stage, and with an open octagonal cupola above.[4]

Castleton Medical College was founded in 1818, and this building was constructed in 1821. It is believed to be the oldest surviving medical school building in the United States. It was moved a short distance (200 yards (180 m)) in the 20th century to make way for new construction on the Castleton University campus.[4] It now houses classroom facilities for the university's art department.

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  1. ^ a b National Park Service (2009-03-13). "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 
  2. ^ "The History of the First Medical College in Vermont—Castleton 1818-1862". Bull Med Libr Assoc. 38 (1): 68–69. PMC 195016Freely accessible. 
  3. ^ Castleton State College: Old Chapel. Retrieved 19 December 2011.
  4. ^ a b "NRHP nomination for Castleton Medical College Building" (PDF). National Park Service. Retrieved 2016-03-11.