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Home > Delaware > Wilmington > City/County Building, l000 King Street, Wilmington, New Castle County, DE



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Location
l000 King Street, Wilmington, DE

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Created/Published
Documentation compiled after 1933.

Notes
Survey number HABS DE-102
Building/structure dates: 1917 initial construction
Building/structure dates: 1960 subsequent work
Building/structure dates: 1980 subsequent work
Significance: The old City/County Building at 1000 King Street, along with the other buildings facing Rodney Square and the Square itself, are the architectural and historic hallmarks of Wilmington during the first quarter of this century. The development of Rodney Square as the public center of downtown Wilmington was due largely to the enlightened efforts of such prominent Delawareans as Pierre S. du Pont, President of the DuPont Company, and John J. Raskob, Corporate Secretary of the Company. Raskob conceived the idea of a joint City/County structure and coordinated the land acquisition and design competition for the building. As one of the four buildings facing Rodney Square, the City/County Building is an integral unit of one of the City's earliest attempts at the planning of public space. The development of the Square in general, and the neo-classical design of the City/County Building in particular, are indicative of trends that originated during the City Beautiful Movement.

Subjects
Municipal Government
City Beautiful Movement


Related Names
Palmer,Hornbostel & Jones Company
Koffler,Daniel & Associates
Ventresca Brothers, Incorporated
Diamond, McCune
Healy/Mellon-Stuart


Collection
Historic American Buildings Survey (Library of Congress)

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