Former Mark Skinner Library to be auctioned


MANCHESTER — The building that was home to the Manchester town library for more than 100 years will go to auction Nov. 22.

The Thomas Hirchak Company, a Morrisville auction house, has announced a foreclosure auction for 11 a.m., Friday, Nov. 22, for the former Mark Skinner Library building located at 48 West Road. The auction will be held on site.

The building has been a high-profile location in Manchester since it was built in in 1892 by the Skinner family. Five years after its construction, Frances Skinner Willing dedicated the building to the town as the Mark Skinner Library, which it served as for 117 years until the library moved to its new home in 2014.

The Mark Skinner Library began to show its age and struggled to keep up with changing times from little things like a lack of electrical outlets to major problems like not meeting Americans with Disabilities Act standards.

The former mansion was sold in 2015 for $425,000 by the Manchester Library Board of Directors. At that time a change of use permit was filed to change the building from commercial to residential use.

In a media release, Hirchak stated that the building contains 12,500 square feet over six levels on close to one-half acre of land. The building is situated on a triangular slice of land between West Road and Main Street.

The release also describes the building as having "magnificent windows and light [that] provide a unique window into the Manchester community."

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The original structure has undergone numerous renovations to recreate the space into residential living quarters, which is still a work in progress, according to the news release.

"[It] has the layout for a fabulous great room encased by a wall of windows, four completed bathrooms with wonderful tile work and two incomplete bathrooms, a home theater room with spacious bar recreation room, sauna room, bedrooms (unfinished), and a wonderful original fireplace with oak mantle."

The release says the building would be ideal as an event center, condominiums, a single family residence, or a retreat."

An open house will be held 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., Sunday, Nov. 10 for potential buyers to tour the property.

The building comes with a lot of history in town. It all began with the Skinner family, which has a long history of public service in Vermont.

Richard Skinner, Mark's father, became Bennington County State's Attorney in 1800 and Vermont's governor in 1820. Skinner's legacy was carried on by his son, who was a member of the Illinois House of Representatives.

For more information, contact the Thomas Hirchak Company at 800-634-7653 or check the website at


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