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Office Tower (Rollins International)

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Rollins International
1970–1972, Platt Associates, with W. Ellis Preston. 2200 Concord Pike (U.S. 202)

In a rags-to-riches transformation, John W. Rollins, who had grown up poor in Georgia, scraped together $500 in 1954 to start a truck leasing business in Lewes, Delaware. It was the start of an empire that would produce annual revenues of $110 million by 1970. He proposed a city center complex in Wilmington in 1966, but a permit was refused, as many old-line civic leaders looked down on him. Undaunted, he moved his headquarters to suburban Concord Pike, breaking ground for this fifteen-story, white-marble-clad tower. The tallest building in Delaware when built, it proclaimed the presence of Rollins for miles and peered down upon the golf course of the DuPont Country Club (BR34). The soaring white piers culminating in arches beneath the cornice recall the decorative modernism of Minoru Yamasaki's architecture of the 1960s. The Platt firm of Wichita, Kansas, worked with a Wilmington architect, Preston. Pharmaceutical firm AstraZeneca purchased the tower in 2004 and have painted it brown.

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W. Barksdale Maynard
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W. Barksdale Maynard, "Office Tower (Rollins International)", [Wilmington, Delaware], SAH Archipedia, eds. Gabrielle Esperdy and Karen Kingsley, Charlottesville: UVaP, 2012—, http://sah-archipedia.org/buildings/DE-01-BR32.

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Cover: Buildings of Delaware

Buildings of Delaware, W. Barksdale Maynard. Charlottesville: University of Virginia Press, 2008, 53-53.

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