Delaware Building

Centennial Exhibition
Delaware Building

Item Info

Item No: c090320
Title: Delaware Building
Additional Title: Delaware Building
Series: Lithograph
Media Type: Lithographs
Notes: "Delaware Staats Geb., Pavillon du Delaware."

Lithograph Caption:

Delaware State Building is situate on the north side of State Avenue, adjoining on the west the Massachusetts Building. The style is Gothic, of modern villa architecture; the house small, as becomes, perhaps, the Diamond State, the territorial area of which is not broad and extensive. It is 54 x 34 feet, framed of hemlock lined and covered with Delaware floor-boards and weather-boarded with Delaware sidings. The entire building is put up of Delaware timber. A porch and tower stand out from the front, and relieve the plainness of the walls on either side. Over the doorway the coat-of-arms of the State of Delaware attracts attention. From the flagstaff a white flag, with the name of the State upon it, floats in the breeze, and the staff itself is surmounted by the proud emblem of this little commonwealth, “The Blue Hen’s Chicken.” The ground in front is laid out as a garden. The central path is divided by a diamond-shaped flower-bed, and there are beds of the same shape for flowers on either side. The house is of two stories, and suitable for the accommodation of the Delaware commissioners and the people of that State. The interior is divided by a broad entry, from which rises a convenient staircase leading to the upper rooms in the second story. The ladies’ parlor is on the west, neatly papered in green and gold, furnished comfortably and connecting with toilette-rooms beyond. The gentlemen’s reception-room, on the east, connects with a retiring-room. The paper is brown and gold. Accommodations for reading and writing are furnished, and everything is in good order to make visitors comfortable. The second floor is divided into four rooms, two of which are fitted up as chambers and two are business-offices of the commission. The building is pleasant, and enjoys during the summer the flavor of the prevailing south-west wind, which penetrates every apartment and renders the place cool and comfortable. The architect was E. L. Rice; the builder, J. L. Kilgore, both of Wilmington, Delaware. In cost this is one of the cheapest buildings on the ground, but economy has been governed by good taste.

Notes: 1 lithograph; 12 x 22 cm.
Notes: Architect: E.L. Rice.
Notes: Removed from: Centennial portfolio / Thompson Westcott. Philadelphia : T. Hunter, 1876.
Notes: The Building, situated in a grassy field with trees in the background. People stroll in the foreground.
Creator Name: Westcott, Thompson. Centennial portfolio.
Thomas Hunter, lithographer.