Field's Milestone Motel (1950)

Field's Milestone Motel, Shaftsbury, VT


In 1950, Carl L. Bausch, Jr. designed the Milestone Motel in the town of Shaftsbury, VT. Its unique design represented the evolution of traditional cabin courts into in-line motels. Each unit had its own garage, and the owner's suite was at the south end of the complex. It featured a butterfly roof, natural siding and lots of windows. The motel was owned by the Fields when it opened, and operated by Marge & Al Newton in later years.

The postcard's descriptive text reads as follows:

Field's Milestone Motel.
U.S. Route 7, 8 miles north of Bennington in Shaftsbury, Vermont. New, modern Motel situated off the highway on a hill. Picture windows overlooking the Green Mountains. Well furnished rooms with baseboard hot water heat, private baths, tiled showers. Garage for each unit.
        Mr. & Mrs. Clarence Fields--Owners-Managers. Phone Bennington 4180.

In 2011, the motel building is still standing but has been drastically altered. It is now a private residence, with a family living in the former owner's suite. The butterfly roof has been replaced with a gable roof, it is clad with vinyl siding, and several guest rooms at the north end have been demolished. Little remains of Bausch's original design.