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Founders Hall (Main Building)

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Main Building
1929–1930, Arthur Howell Brockie. 1936–1937 Middle Wing, Brockie. 1954–1956 New Wing, William Heyl Thompson, with William E. Grancell

Italian stonemasons working for Joseph Mandes Company of Philadelphia (famous for college campuses) built the Gothic Revival walls with rock from quarries around that city. Middle Wing contains a chapel with decorative carvings by sculptor Karl Sigstedt, as well as an enlarged dining hall for which Irene Sophie (wife of Irénée) du Pont, sister of the founder, gave an N. C. Wyeth mural (1938) that shows the committee studying the St. Andrew's building plans as an inspiring vision of English cathedrals rises up behind them. The wing of the 1950s includes a tower, a cloister garth with Tudor Revival arches, and a War Memorial Room honoring twenty-six alumni who died in World War II.

Writing Credits

W. Barksdale Maynard


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W. Barksdale Maynard, "Founders Hall (Main Building)", [Townsend, 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, 219-220.

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