Kayla Rice/ReformerThe Brooks House in downtown Brattleboro.
Kayla Rice/Reformer The Brooks House in downtown Brattleboro.

BRATTLEBORO -- On Friday, from 5 to 8 p.m. at the Robert H. Gibson River Garden, Twice Onsite is hosting a sale of items from the Brooks House. The sale is also scheduled for Saturday, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The Brooks House was built in 1871 in the Second Empire style. When it opened in June of 1872 it was considered one of the grandest hotels of its day, becoming a popular resort known from New York to Boston. Max L. Powell purchased the Brooks House in 1928 and Manager Arthur B. Dickey oversaw a complete updating and renovation of the property, including installing the latest electrical technology and a telephone in each guest room. Now known as The Brooks Hotel, the property once again took its rightful place as the Grand Dame of Brattleboro's Main Street.

In the early 1970s the Brooks Hotel had been closed for years and was in danger of being demolished. Norman and Norma Chase renovated the former ballroom and guest rooms into office space and apartments, adapting its usefulness to better serve the needs of the community, while maintaining the aesthetic quality that defined the Brooks House as the architectural treasure it is.

Norma's love of antiques and estate jewelry culminated in Brooks House Antiques, the shop she ran for 12 years, where everyone was always welcome and encouraged to visit. Many of the items that will be on sale on Friday and Saturday were collected by Norma.

For more information, call 802-380-9014 or visit twiceonsite.