Kentís Tavern

Calais, VT

Kent's Tavern was built by Abdiel Kent between 1833 and 1837 and served as the Kent family home and a stagecoach stop on the road from Montpelier, Vermont, to Canada. Ryan-Biggs developed a masonry restoration and structural stabilization plan for the three-part project which included a brick tavern, a wood-framed office, and a store. The tavern restoration included partially removing brick and rebuilding it in its original location, while matching the mortar to the original specifications. A subsequent phase of the restoration involved framing repairs to the adjoining office and store. The Vermont Division for Historic Preservation named the Kent Tavern a historical landmark in 1997. The tavern will be used as a museum. The project won a Silver Award from the American Council of Engineering Companies of New York.