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Commercial Building (Captain Charles W. Johnston House)

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Captain Charles W. Johnston House
1899–1900. 3rd St. and Savannah Rd.
  • (Photograph by Lindsay Long)

The frame Queen Anne–style house with ornate piazza was built for Johnston, a noted diver and salvager of wrecks, by his business partner, contractor William H. Virden. Inside is an elaborate, quartersawn red-oak stair. A mid-twentieth-century owner was Otis H. Smith, longtime mayor (1950–1968) and head of Fish Products Company, the town's largest and smelliest employer. Degenerated into a rundown rental property by the 1970s, it was restored and is currently occupied by a business, which has renamed it “Harvard House.”

Writing Credits

W. Barksdale Maynard


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W. Barksdale Maynard, "Commercial Building (Captain Charles W. Johnston House)", [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, 271-271.

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