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Delaware Hospital for the Chronically Ill (State Welfare Home)

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State Welfare Home
1931–1933, Massena and du Pont. Sunnyside Rd., near U.S. 13
  • (Photo by Dave Tabler)
  • Delaware Hospital for the Chronologically Ill (Delaware Postcard Collection, University of Delaware Library, Newark, Del)

Millionaire Alfred I. du Pont showered largesse upon the state's poor, so he had much sway with Governor C. Douglass Buck in steering the Welfare Home commission to his own architect-son in the depths of the Great Depression. The Administration and Hospital Building, a large-scale exercise in red-brick Colonial Revival in a composition of three main blocks, has a muscular, curving Doric portico of limestone that recalls Massena's contemporaneous Temple of Love at Nemours (see BR26.4). Walls inside were warm-colored, for psychological benefit.

Writing Credits

W. Barksdale Maynard


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W. Barksdale Maynard, "Delaware Hospital for the Chronically Ill (State Welfare Home)", [Smyrna, 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, 230-230.

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