October 16, 2011
A Land-Grant Visionary's Notion of Home
Chronicle Photographs by Lawrence Biemiller
In rural Vermont, sobriety tends to be the rule in domestic design. So the pink 19th-century cottage with exuberant Gothic features that sits on a hillside here would be remarkable in any case—even if it hadn't been designed by a local merchant who later served in Congress for 43 years and wrote the legislation that created America's astonishingly successful system of land-grant colleges.
That merchant was Justin Smith Morrill, remembered on campuses from coast to coast as the