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Recitation Hall

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1891–1892, Furness, Evans and Company. 1963 altered, Howell L. Shay
  • Recitation Hall (Photograph by Matthew Aungst)
  • Recitation Hall (Photograph by Matthew Aungst)

Delaware College began to awaken from a long stupor around 1890, and enrollment soared to ninety-seven. A combination auditorium, laboratory, and classroom building was needed, and the General Assembly appropriated funds for the construction of Recitation. Its style was an agglomeration of Colonial Revival and Queen Anne. The Day and Klauder campus plan of 1916 called for its removal. Marian Cruger Coffin's landscaping report of three years later termed it “of a later and less fortunate period of architecture” than Old College (NK9.1), but allowed it to remain. At times, it housed the university's administrative offices on the first floor, lecture halls on the first and second, and library on the third. Alterations made in 1963 removed the four chimneys and added a new portico with gangly Colonial Revival columns. More recently, the interior was renovated (1996, Moeckel Carbonell Associates).

Writing Credits

W. Barksdale Maynard


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W. Barksdale Maynard, "Recitation Hall", [Newark, 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, 182-182.

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