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Wilmington Friends Meeting House

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1815–1817, William Poole, Jacob Alrichs, and Benjamin Ferris. 1951 annex on west, Weston Holt Blake. 401 N. West St.
  • Wilmington Friends Meeting House (Courtesy of the Delaware Historical Society)
  • (Photograph by Matthew Aungst)
  • (Photograph by Matthew Aungst)

This two-story, gable-roofed brick building is the third structure on the site. A three-man committee was “appointed to prepare a ground-plan and Elevation,” with Ferris keeping a diary of the process. The plan was adjusted to make the building relatively longer (48 × 76 feet) so as to “enable us to divide the house to greater advantage” between men and women. A separate elevation showed the Dividing Partition and “the manner of raising [it from the floor and simultaneously] lowering it [from the ceiling] as now practiced at Friends meeting house in Green Street Philadelphia.” Some 10,000 feet of yellow pine boards were ordered from Wilmington, North Carolina. Recorded Ministers sat in so-called facing benches looking out at the membership; children sat in the Youths Gallery.

Writing Credits

W. Barksdale Maynard


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W. Barksdale Maynard, "Wilmington Friends Meeting House", [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, 113-113.

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