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Frank Pyle House

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1891, Frank Miles Day. 10th and Franklin sts.
  • Frank Pyle House (W. Barksdale Maynard)
  • (Photograph by Matthew Aungst)
  • (Photograph by Matthew Aungst)

Philadelphia architect Day opened his own practice in 1887 and, three years later, designed a house for Bancroft Mills (WL91) executive Henry B. Thompson (1305 Rodney Street, demolished). The Pyle House, for a patent-leather manufacturer, probably followed as a result of the Thompson commission. According to architectural historian Patricia Keebler (1980), it is “one of the few Day houses that exists virtually unaltered.… Deep porches, turret and undercut breezeway combine aspects of both the Shingle Style and the Queen Anne”—a steep-roofed, red brick ensemble of great robustness with a massive round corner tower. Day would eventually design the campus for the University of Delaware (NK9), in an entirely different idiom, Colonial Revival.

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W. Barksdale Maynard


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W. Barksdale Maynard, "Frank Pyle House", [Wilmington, Delaware], SAH Archipedia, eds. Gabrielle Esperdy and Karen Kingsley, Charlottesville: UVaP, 2012—,

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Cover: Buildings of Delaware

Buildings of Delaware, W. Barksdale Maynard. Charlottesville: University of Virginia Press, 2008, 132-132.

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