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The Wren's Nest

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1915, E. F. Hodgson Company

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.

Writing Credits

W. Barksdale Maynard


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W. Barksdale Maynard, "The Wren's Nest", [Claymont, Delaware], SAH Archipedia, eds. Gabrielle Esperdy and Karen Kingsley, Charlottesville: UVaP, 2012—,

Print Source

Cover: Buildings of Delaware

Buildings of Delaware, W. Barksdale Maynard. Charlottesville: University of Virginia Press, 2008, 49-50.

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