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Burlington Approves Demolition of Historic Cathedral

an image of the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in downtown Burlington

Closed in 2018 due to lack of funding, Burlington’s Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception is now set to be torn down.  Located at 20 Pine Street in downtown Burlington, the 2.2 acre plot is currently under contract to be sold to a developer.  As part of the deal, the parish requested the building to be torn down to “desanctify” the property in preparation for it’s future intended use.

However, city officials and preservationists opposed the demolition citing it’s historic significance.  According to the article in Seven Days, the Burlington Developmental Review Board ultimately decided that historic significance was not enough to prevent demolition due to a state law that limits zoning review of houses of worship.

For more information and history on this story check out the article “Burlington Allows Parish to Demolish Historic Cathedral” on Since 1985, we’ve helped thousands of clients buy and sell real estate in Northwest Vermont.  Our goal is to provide you with the local insight, information, and resources necessary to make your purchase and/or sale an informed and enjoyable experience.