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Profile: Paul Bruhn and the Preservation Trust of Vermont | Vermont Business Magazine

by Joyce Marcel. Photos by Randolph T Holhut. Vermont Business Magazine

“When you think about Vermont’s economic destiny, do you first think about a crumbling old barn? Probably not. But Paul Bruhn does. “Vermont is really defined by its historic resources, its downtowns and village centers, the barns that dot the countryside – these define Vermont’s character and are a very much part of Vermont’s brand,” insists Bruhn, who has been the executive director of the Preservation Trust of Vermont since its founding in 1980. “And, as a result, they are the real foundation of our economic well-being.”

Bruhn fervently believes this and has dedicated his life accordingly. Has there been a general store in your area that went out of business and then reopened to the delight of your community? Paul Bruhn was probably behind its resurrection. Was there an old building falling down in your downtown that is now a thriving community meeting place? Thank Paul Bruhn. There’s a Walmart in downtown Rutland instead of a shopping mall outside town and more sprawl. Paul Bruhn. How about that empty old theater that’s now a thriving playhouse? Paul Bruhn. Grange? Paul Bruhn. View shed? Paul Bruhn. Barn? Paul Bruhn. Library? Yet again, Paul Bruhn….”

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