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Vogl House

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1915, Wilhelmine Vogl. North side of Road 277, west of Road 78, southwest of Mastens Corner
  • Vogl House (HABS)

Bohemian immigrants John and Wilhelmine Vogl raised chickens on this farm southwest of Felton, supposedly having seen the property advertised in a Prague newspaper. They purchased a concrete-block-making machine from Sears, Roebuck (it still survives) and built their own H-shaped house with hipped roofs, with the help of their eight children, in a folk style recalling the stone architecture of their native Bohemia. The concrete blocks are rusticated for the quoins and smooth for the walls, and the cornice is adorned with a concrete egg-and-dart motif. There is a strange Ionic porch with a balcony above, also of concrete, as are the various outbuildings: silo, milk house, garden house, chicken house, even a dog house. Concrete statues of animals adorn the lawn. Inside the home, Wilhelmine painted pictures on fibreboard walls and ceilings, completing an exuberant tableau unique in Delaware.

Writing Credits

W. Barksdale Maynard


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W. Barksdale Maynard, "Vogl House", [Harrington, 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, 241-242.

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