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Riverfront Parking Deck

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2002–2004, John Hynes and Richard Stratford for Tevebaugh Associates. Water and Market sts.

Another piece in the Riverfront Development Corporation's reconstruction of the once-blighted district, the 425-car parking deck's red brick color and detailing harmonizes with Furness's Wilmington Station, which it serves. The design process began with pencil sketches and led eventually to pencilon-vellum renderings, computer-generated details, and digitally created prints showing the complex as it would look when finished. Its lowrise, stepped form avoids blocking the view of the river from the train tracks, which 1.5 million travelers ride annually. Ironwork railings and grillwork add a decorative touch, and landscaping and espaliered fruit trees soften the whole. To the west is another Frank Furness-designed building, Water Street Station for the B&O (c. 1886–1888), rescued by the City of Wilmington. Small but lively and with complex rooflines, it had decayed almost to the point of collapse before being restored by ING, working with a Media, Pennsylvania, firm on its exterior (116 Technologies) and Tevebaugh on the interior.

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W. Barksdale Maynard
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W. Barksdale Maynard, "Riverfront Parking Deck", [Wilmington, Delaware], SAH Archipedia, eds. Gabrielle Esperdy and Karen Kingsley, Charlottesville: UVaP, 2012—, http://sah-archipedia.org/buildings/DE-01-WL6.

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Cover: Buildings of Delaware

Buildings of Delaware, W. Barksdale Maynard. Charlottesville: University of Virginia Press, 2008, 91-91.

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