Historian Evie Joselow informs me that Alfred I. du Pont ordered this frame, gable-roofed playhouse for his daughters from a catalogue published in Boston by Hodgson, a manufacturer of sectionally cut, prefabricated homes. In March 1915, crates for one Hodgson Portable Playhouse, Model No. 1541, Plan B, were ordered for a price of $265.00 plus shipment via the Pennsylvania Railroad. Shortly thereafter, crates containing the sectional panels for the floors, walls and ceilings, along with additional structural beams, mouldings and windows, arrived for on-site construction. In the process, the playhouse was enlarged with back rooms, a bathroom, and a kitchen, and a stone chimney also was erected. It is a rare, early example of prefabricated architecture in Delaware.
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