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Carpenter House (Riverview)

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1847. Kennett Pike (DE 52), west of intersection with Center Meeting Rd.

The J. L. Carpenter family, grown wealthy in the mutton-butchering business, built the bracketed Italianate mansion they called Riverview and raised twelve children there. The ornamental cast-iron veranda is one of Delaware's finest examples of antebellum metalwork. From the cupola, Carpenter could survey his 192 acres, which have subsequently been subdivided.

Writing Credits

W. Barksdale Maynard


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W. Barksdale Maynard, "Carpenter House (Riverview)", [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, 58-58.

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