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Hathorn-Betts House (Hathorn-Lowber or Peter Lowber House)

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Hathorn-Lowber or Peter Lowber House
1730–1750 period. 1979–1981 restored, William Harkins and Geron S. Hite. 5 Market St.
  • (Photograph by Matthew Aungst)
  • Hathorn-Betts House (Delaware Division of Historical & Cultural Affairs, Dover, Del.)

The five-bay, single-pile Georgian house with steep-pitched roof literally stands in the street, as it predates the laying out of the town in 1770. Over time, it had twin trees planted in front of the door and acquired a veranda in the nineteenth century. Local lore held that the little sealed-up windows in the gable end were gun mounts, used to ward off Indian attacks. By 1979, the dwelling had been abandoned for twenty-five years and was overgrown with vines. Vandals had stripped it of everything from linens and Tiffany lamps to beds and brass door fittings. A Ms. Dodd, raised in the house, undertook a restoration with a $25,000 matching federal grant. Removal of stucco revealed that no fewer than three sides of the house were glazed-header Flemish bond, a generous use of this decorative treatment, and that even the English bond below the watertable showed considerable glazing. These first-rate exterior walls are well preserved, but interior trim was mostly replaced in the early nineteenth century.

Writing Credits

W. Barksdale Maynard


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W. Barksdale Maynard, "Hathorn-Betts House (Hathorn-Lowber or Peter Lowber House)", [Frederica, 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, 240-241.

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