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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 (W. Barksdale Maynard)

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.

Writing Credits

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—,

Print Source

Cover: Buildings of Delaware

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

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