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New Castle County Library Brandywine Hundred Branch

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2000–2003, Joseph G. Tattoni and Joseph C. Rizzo for Hillier Architecture, with Jim Nelson for the Architects Studio. Talley-Day Park, east of Foulk Rd. (DE 261)
  • (Photograph by Matthew Aungst)
  • (Photograph by Matthew Aungst)

Rarely is Delaware architecture as cutting-edge as this library, by a prominent firm in Princeton, New Jersey. Its front is a curving wall of gray stone, with a rakish canopy of steel and green glass suspended over the door. From the lobby inside, one sees a long exterior vista of huge stone columns supporting a sculptural, copper-clad roof. This colonnade contrasts with a window-wall behind it. Use of rough-hewn granite (quarried in Media, Pennsylvania) was suggested by the example of historic Rockford Tower (see Kentmere Parkway and Rockford Park). In contemporary fashion, the building combines a library, community center, and café.

Writing Credits

W. Barksdale Maynard


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W. Barksdale Maynard, "New Castle County Library Brandywine Hundred Branch", [Wilmington, 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, 52-52.

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