Middlebury Community House issues RFP for use of historic downtown space

Middlebury Community House photoMiddlebury Community House is seeking new long term rentals in an effort to maintain and preserve the historic building.

Request for Proposal

For: Middlebury Community House

Issued:  October 1, 2013

Submission Deadline: October 31, 2013

Proposing entities meeting and walk through: October 22, 2013

Deadline for submission of questions for walk through:  October 18, 2013


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The Middlebury Community House is situated at the corners of Main and Seymour Streets. Prestigiously centered between the Congregational Church and the U.S. Post Office, a convenient location to host a meeting or family celebration, directly across from the Village Green. The Federal style house was originally built in 1816 by Hon. Horatio Seymour as his family home.


The house was given to the people of Middlebury and vicinity in 1932 by Jessica Stewart Swift and her brother Philip Battell Stewart, great grandchildren of Mr. Seymour. Jessica's vision was for the house to be used to benefit the people especially the boys and girls in promoting their moral, mental and physical welfare; providing a community meeting place, under proper supervision and control where various groups of people may gather for social, recreational and educational betterment; and for other charitable uses and benefits. Eighty years later the Member Board and Trustees uphold the original mission. The house still functions as a gathering place for business meetings, family functions, piano lessons, pot luck dinners, Christian Science Services, holiday parties as well as many other events.

Current House Use

within the last year some of the events held at the Community House are as follows: Middlebury Arts Walk Artist Exhibits. Hospice Phoenix monthly Pot Luck Socials. Middlebury Garden Club meetings, socials and planning events. Better Middlebury Partnership functions; Santa Visits and warming location for Chili Cook off. Children's Tea with Ilsley Library. Mary Hogan Elementary School Historic Tours. MHS Class Reunion Gathering Socials. Memorial Celebrations. Weddings. Baby Showers. Mid-term College Graduation Parties. Summer Reading Program with Ilsley Library Pre-schoolers. Tea and Tours with Elderly Services. Family Reunions. Anniversary Parties. Book Signing. Caterer's Information Session. Impromptu House Tours. Several Holiday Parties. Twice a week Christian Science Services. A Tenure Celebration for a new Middlebury College Professor. weekly Piano Lessons This is not a complete list we strive to meet the needs of all the people of Middlebury and vicinity. We maintain the Community Bulletin Board, schedule and maintain daily use of the Community Cottage on Seymour Street. The Community House is not handicapped accessible.

Partners for MCH

Partners for the Middlebury Community House was formed to promote financial support to assist with responsible caretaking and maintenance of the historic home belonging to the citizens of Middlebury and vicinity. In 2011 Partners donation requests and benefit levels changed to help the Trustees in meeting match grant support. Donations range from $20 - $250 per year, please consider joining with us to maintain this generous bequest made to the people. (See Spring 2011 Newsletter for a donation form and information.)

Recent Grants and Awards

Preservation Trust of Vermont. Neat Repeats Retail Shop, Middlebury. Vermont Community Foundation. State of Vermont Historic Preservation. Individual Donation for House Identification Sign