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1822. 1885 enlarged, Furness and Evans. Cox Neck Rd., 1.5 miles southwest of Delaware City
  • (Photograph by Matthew Aungst)
  • (Photograph by Matthew Aungst)
  • (Photograph by Matthew Aungst)
  • Fairview (Delaware Division of Historical & Cultural Affairs, Dover, Del.)
  • (Photograph by Matthew Aungst)

“AH 1822” in glazed bricks on an end gable commemorates the first owner, Anthony Higgins. His grandson, John Clark Higgins, founded Wilmington's Vulcanized Fiber Company and served as President William McKinley's consul in Scotland. Here, at Fairview, the gentleman farmer bred Guernsey cattle. Frank Furness enlarged the house for him, adding a third floor in his inimitable manner without regard for the clash of styles. The effect is bizarre, the Queen Anne additions with fish-scale shingled siding, wide eaves, and swelling chimneytops sitting like a fancy hat on top of the sober old Federal walls. Higgins may have preserved these walls, though outmoded, in homage to his grandfather.

Writing Credits

W. Barksdale Maynard


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W. Barksdale Maynard, "Fairview", [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, 201-201.

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