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State Office Building (Richardson and Robbins Cannery Complex)

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Richardson and Robbins Cannery Complex
1881 with additions. 1979–1983 restored, Moeckel Carbonell and Partners. 89 King's Hwy.
  • State Office Building (HAER)
  • (Photograph by Matthew Aungst)

Dover was once famed for canneries. This red-brick one produced nationally known brands of canned chicken and plum puddings and was described in the WPA Delaware Guide in 1938 as having “white tile walls, painted cement floors, and men and women workers clad in spotless white.” After 1959, it manufactured Underwood Red Devil ham spreads. The complex was recorded by HAER prior to its sensitive conversion into a state office building.

Writing Credits

W. Barksdale Maynard


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W. Barksdale Maynard, "State Office Building (Richardson and Robbins Cannery Complex)", [Dover, Delaware], SAH Archipedia, eds. Gabrielle Esperdy and Karen Kingsley, Charlottesville: UVaP, 2012—,

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Cover: Buildings of Delaware

Buildings of Delaware, W. Barksdale Maynard. Charlottesville: University of Virginia Press, 2008, 250-251.

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