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Old Academy

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1799, with additions. 3rd and Harmony sts.
  • (Photograph by Matthew Aungst)
  • (Photograph by Matthew Aungst)

A resolution in 1798 by the Trustees of the Common called for “the funds arising from the lands” they oversaw to be used “for the erection and support of a college.” This nicely proportioned, seven-bay, two-story brick school (never actually a college) was built on a corner of the Green. Stylistic similarities between it and the George Read House (NC21) have led to its being attributed to Read's contractor, Peter Crouding, without evidence. Inside the pedimented entrance bay (with Palladian window) stands a glorious, unrestored “antler stair” that divides as it descends. A cupola was added to the building in 1811. The Academy remained a school until 1930, following which, a restoration filled in a big arch that had been cut at the front door. The building remains in use as a Sunday school.

Writing Credits

W. Barksdale Maynard


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W. Barksdale Maynard, "Old Academy", [New Castle, 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, 154-154.

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