Michael Connor Builds on the Past

Based in Middlebury, Vermont, Connor Homes has been perfecting period residential construction for 40 years.

Michael Connor hit on the idea of panelization as a means of making antique house styles more affordable.

The average person easily could mistake a house built by Connor Homes as an antique. That’s because the homes designed and built by the company are so closely patterned on period houses of the 17th, 18th, and early 19th centuries , they fool all but an architectural expert.

What’s even more impressive, most of the architectural features in a Connor home are made in a state-of-the art factory. When founder Michael Connor got into the construction business in the early 1970s, he built reproductions modeled on the scale and proportions of early New England homes. Soon Connor realized that building architectural components in a controlled factory environment was the key to producing better quality at lower cost.

Left: Building a reproduction of an 18th century home is a matter of correct scale and proportion.

Right: The shop is capable of turning out period interior details like this staircase with balustrade.

Today, framing, trim, cabinetry, and other features made in the company’s 120,000-square-foot factory are delivered on site, where the finished house is erected by a local contractor. This concept, along with a host of construction services including high-end architectural design, is at the heart of the company’s mill-built architecture.

The results are stunning. Connor’s offerings include dozens of authentic period home designs with interiors that suit contemporary lifestyles, plus custom capabilities to adapt designs to a client’s wishes. Most of the company’s clients come from the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic, but homes have been delivered as far away as British Columbia.

The company turns out period architectural details like this dentiled cornice in its state-of-the-art factory.

Since 2010, Connor Homes has held an exclusive license from Winterthur to produce a line of homes endorsed by the museum, garden, and library that is the former home of Henry Francis du Pont. Designs are drawn from the museum’s extensive archives as well as interpretations and adaptations of existing buildings on the Winterthur estate.

Meet Michael Connor and see examples of the company’s reproduction homes at the Historic Home Show at the Valley Forge Casino Resort, King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, Feb. 6–8, 2015.

Connor Homes
(802) 382-9082
1741 Rt. 7 South
Middlebury, VT 05753