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Shipcarpenter Square

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1983 established. Park Ave., between 3rd and 4th sts.
  • Shipcarpenter Square (Photograph by Matthew Aungst)
  • Shipcarpenter Square (Photograph by Matthew Aungst)

A young banker from Washington, D.C., moved to Lewes and teamed up with a local restorer of old houses to create Lewestown Restorations, Inc., a real estate venture. They purchased eleven acres and, by 1988, had brought in twenty-six of a planned thirty-six historic houses, which they restored and sold. The houses were from Delaware, except for one from Virginia and one from Maryland. All were purchased for under $1,500; the move typically cost at least $10,000 and the restoration, $50,000. The developers used the historic Beers' Atlas of Delaware (1868) to identify potential houses for purchase. The oldest dwelling was said to be Mt. Pleasant, from Kent County (1730); there was a log house of 1795; and the youngest building dated to 1880. In order to make the houses attractive to buyers, each was massively rehabilitated and provided with a kitchen wing. Old rural dwellings are thus given a new lease on life in a pleasant suburb, but, some critics argue, the houses have lost much of their interest by being shorn of their original context and heavily restored to suit modern lifestyles.

Writing Credits

W. Barksdale Maynard


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W. Barksdale Maynard, "Shipcarpenter Square", [Lewes, 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, 270-270.

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