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Fowler House

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c. 1770-early 19th centuries. 111 Lakeside Dr.
  • (Photograph by Matthew Aungst)
  • Fowler House (Ned Fowler)

This many-sectioned frame dwelling in big house, little house, colonnade, and kitchen arrangement has been assembled from various old Laurel structures moved to this location by its owners, Ned and Norma Jean Fowler. The main block (c. 1770) was home to Robert Houston, builder of Christ Church (WS23), and has finely detailed features inside and out, including original beaded siding, modillion cornice, and elaborate parlor woodwork. The present kitchen was formerly the one-room Lowe House (c. 1800), discussed by Gabrielle Lanier and Bernard Herman (1997) as “the simplest form of hall dwelling [with] a single door, opening directly into the heated living space.” It is one of the few fully paneled rooms in Sussex County.

Writing Credits

W. Barksdale Maynard


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W. Barksdale Maynard, "Fowler House", [Laurel, 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, 295-296.

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