Have you heard? Alumni and Parent Programs recently moved from McKinley House to Painter House, a striking, old white Federal building on Court Street in downtown Middlebury. Located across from the Middlebury Inn, the house was built by Middlebury founder Gamaliel Painter.
Gamaliel Painter, who commissioned the spacious and elegant building in 1802, worked tirelessly to establish Middlebury as a town. He also had the vision to champion and sponsor a college that would educate the citizens of the growing commercial center.
Befitting the former home of a community leader, the building is prominently located at the gateway to the town and thus to the campus itself. The new location, in the heart of Middlebury reflects the long and rich partnership between the College and the town.
“Painter would be proud that his house is now the home for alumni,” says Ian McCray ’95, Director of Alumni and Parent Programs. “The location is especially convenient for people to stop by and visit as they enter town on Route 7. We look forward to welcoming alumni, parents, and friends and to sharing this historic house with them.
“Our new home allows us to collaborate more closely with colleagues in College Advancement, who already had offices in Painter House,” McCray notes. “And we appreciate the connection with this historic
building that reminds us of a crucial time and a key figure in the College’s history.
“Without Painter, there would probably be no Middlebury College today,” McCray says. “So, we at Alumni and Parent Programs are honored to spend our workdays in the house he built.”
We hope that you’ll drop by Painter House on Court Street (Route 7)—not to be confused with Painter Hall dormitory on campus, which is also named for Gamaliel Painter. Please visit so that we can share our historic new home with you!