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New Castle County Courthouse

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2002, Buck Simpers Architect + Associates. 4th and King sts.
  • New Castle County Courthouse

King Street was once famed for retail, with 240 stores and businesses in 1900. From 1863, this corner was the site of the Farmer's Market. Twentieth-century urban renewal swept it all away, creating barren parking lots. Relocating the county courthouse here formed part of a larger effort in the 1990s to shift downtown activities toward the riverfront. At 572,000 square feet, the fourteen-story tower in a chilly modernist idiom was the largest nontransportation building project ever undertaken in Delaware. Architect Simpers had earlier been a National Guardsman patrolling this area after race riots in 1968.

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W. Barksdale Maynard
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W. Barksdale Maynard, "New Castle County Courthouse", [Wilmington, Delaware], SAH Archipedia, eds. Gabrielle Esperdy and Karen Kingsley, Charlottesville: UVaP, 2012—, http://sah-archipedia.org/buildings/DE-01-WL14.

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Cover: Buildings of Delaware

Buildings of Delaware, W. Barksdale Maynard. Charlottesville: University of Virginia Press, 2008, 96-96.

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