You are here

Historical Society of Delaware (Artisan's Savings Bank)

-A A +A
Artisan's Savings Bank
c. 1930, Brown and Whiteside. 1972 restored, Whiteside, Moeckel and Carbonell. 505 N. Market St.

Delaware's historical society was founded relatively late, in 1864—twenty years after Maryland's and forty after Pennsylvania's. It occupied the Old First Presbyterian Church (WL58) from 1878 to 1916, then Old Town Hall (WL19) before moving into this Art Deco bank building in the early 1970s. Across the street, the Society owns the former F. W. Woolworth Store (1940, closed 1971), the third-largest in the United States when built, with a steel lunch counter a city-block deep. Woolworth's has been converted into the Delaware History Museum (1994–1995, Homsey Architects). The same firm spanned Market Street with a decorative steel arch that calls to mind the series of four arches erected on the thorough-fare for the Marquis de Lafayette in 1824.

Writing Credits

W. Barksdale Maynard


What's Nearby


W. Barksdale Maynard, "Historical Society of Delaware (Artisan's Savings Bank)", [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, 97-97.

If SAH Archipedia has been useful to you, please consider supporting it.

SAH Archipedia tells the story of the United States through its buildings, landscapes, and cities. This freely available resource empowers the public with authoritative knowledge that deepens their understanding and appreciation of the built environment. But the Society of Architectural Historians, which created SAH Archipedia with University of Virginia Press, needs your support to maintain the high-caliber research, writing, photography, cartography, editing, design, and programming that make SAH Archipedia a trusted online resource available to all who value the history of place, heritage tourism, and learning.