In 2019, the Stowe Development Review Board OK’d Dee Davison’s request to demolish the historic Gables Inn building to make way for new construction.

Davison represented the property owners, Eric and Robin Gershman, whose engineer told the board the building’s condition was so poor, it would be better to start fresh.

Andrew Harris of Harris Structural Engineering in Essex Junction said the rooflines were sagging, the first and second floors were both severely deflecting, the supporting beams weren’t strong enough to continue to carry the weight of the building for long, and he thought it would be best to build a new building, rather than renovate.

The Gables Inn was built in 1840 and remodeled in 1938.

— Original story by Caleigh Cross

A crew from Kapusta Excavating and Grading out of Wolcott tears down the former Gables Inn last Wednesday. The structure was originally built …