Bristol Suites is the latest improvement to the historic Dunshee Block built in 1870. Erected by Nobel F. Dunshee, the Dunshee Block is one of the oldest and most architecturally significant buildings in the downtown area. It provides an excellent example of Italianate Revival style architecture which found its way to Vermont following the Civil War. The building includes richly ornamental cornices at the roofline, window heads, and over the store fronts.
These, along with the wood trimmed clapboard façade, provide a strong, horizontal emphasis, and a style which was usually achieved only with cast or stamped metal. The main cornice rises above the roofline as a parapet and is supported by paneled corner pilasters and large elongated corner brackets. Other entablature detail includes ornate modillions, a paneled frieze, and segmented arches cut into the architrave between the brackets to visually receive the heads of the third story windows. Fenestration is evenly spaced and symmetrically organized; windows have denticulate cornices resting on consoles, two over two sash, and sills with feet. Identical storefronts are set under a modillion cornice with heavy brackets framing the shops windows. Various apartments and offices have been converted into the six rooms of Bristol Suites. A narrow walk up entry in the center of the building is the entrance to Bristol Suites. The lobby is immediately to the right of our entrance and can be viewed from the sidewalk through the large plate glass window to the right of the entry door.