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1935–1937, DeArmond, Ashmead and Bickley. 400 Burnt Mill Rd., northwest of Centreville
  • (Photograph by Matthew Aungst)
  • (Photograph by Matthew Aungst)

Epitomizing the Christiana Hundred chateau, Oberod stands on a hilltop perch overlooking rolling countryside. Famed horse breeders Harry W. Lunger and his wife, Jane du Pont, built it. As Bickley died in 1938, Oberod is one of the last designs by his Philadelphia firm, which was responsible for several Wilmington mansions, including additions to Gibraltar (WL94). Inspired by farmhouses in Normandy, France, it has a cobblestone courtyard, square tower (a feature of the du Pont estate in France, Bois-Des-Fosses), and unusual masonry: blue stone in wide joints scratched to look rustic; a hint of old whitewash as a patina; wide, stripped-modern limestone trim. Starting in 1979, Oberod served as a church conference center.

Writing Credits

W. Barksdale Maynard


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W. Barksdale Maynard, "Oberod", [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, 55-56.

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