c. 1730/1769/1850 – New Castle, DE

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Added to OHD on 12/22/19   -   Last OHD Update: 4/12/20   -   3 Comments
Off Market / Archived
National Register

900 Washington St, New Castle, DE 19720

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  • $424,900
  • 4 Bed
  • 3 Bath
  • 2425 Sq Ft
  • 0.52 Ac.
You can become a part of local and national history! The public often does not step in and rally to save one of Delaware's historic treasures until it is threatened with demolition. Here is your chance to go down in the history books BEFORE this home is endangered. Stonum, a National Historic Landmark property was once the country home of George Read, Signer of the Declaration of Independence, Crown Attorney General, member of Delaware Assembly, Continental Congress, President of Delaware 1777, Judge of Admiralty, member of Constitutional Convention, U. S. Senator, Chief Justice of Supreme Court of Delaware 1793. Although Read had a house on the Strand, Stonum was his country house which reached down to the Delaware River. Frequent flooding of this marshland requiring constant repair of embankments; he sold the land in 1789 . The oldest section which was the original kitchen dates to 1730 (left side on back of house). The 9th St. front probably dates to prior to 1769 and once offered a view of the River (now seen from 3rd floor windows). A front porch is seen in a c. 1910 photo, being replaced in the 1930's by the present with block pillars. In 1850 the section to the right side of the back was added. The Historic American Building Survey report from 1936 found noteworthy original features including corner fireplaces, detailed woodwork, elegant mantles, 1 1/2" red pine flooring, a exterior wooden cornice and 9 over 9 windows on the facade. At some point in the mid 20th century, 3 apartments were created inside the house and the 9' doorway from the 1730 to the 1769 section was blocked off, as was the doorway with fanlight window leading to the main staircase (recently re-opened). Small kitchens and baths remain in the front section on the 1st and 2nd floor.
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Carolyn Roland, Patterson-Schwartz Real Estate
(302) 234-5270
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3 Comments on c. 1730/1769/1850 – New Castle, DE

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  1. StacyStacy says: 493 comments
    1900 Maybe Craftsmen

    Someone please save this one!! It’s a shame anyone would even allow it to become endangered!! Give it back the dignity & historic value it deserves!! I would buy if I could & love it forever!!

    • JimHJimH says: 5149 comments
      OHD Supporter

      I also pray someone buys and preserves the house, legally as well as physically. The endangerment here isn’t just the condition but zoning which allows apartment development – check the street-view. The lot and Landmark status would make it difficult to demolish the house, but nothing is impossible when profit can be made. The realtor’s comments appear to underscore the threat and the price seems high for a single family home in this location.

  2. StacyStacy says: 493 comments
    1900 Maybe Craftsmen

    I agree with you Jim.. And I realize putting a high price on an historic home may bring in a serious buyer, but dosnt it also deter a buyer who may truly love the home & it’s historic value? I guess I don’t really understand the terms of the National Register. Why bother to say so & make a big ta to about it’s history if it really dosnt protect it or keep it maintained? To me, that’s what the National Register should mean. This home as well as many others, there’s no reason to demolish. It’s beautiful & looks to be in good shape, not in shambles or a danger for anyone. We know it’s historic value means nothing or little to many people, especially when, like you said, there’s money to be made. I don’t get it, to even say this home may be in danger of demolition is really a shame. It’s history & grand existence is irreplaceable. It’s too bad that when the National Register puts it’s stamp on a home or historic property that it dosnt mean what one would think… That it’s historic value is truly valued, that it is protected & will be maintained to certain standards by the Register & and/or an owner. I do wish this home to be saved by the right person for the right reasons. To let it be destroyed for any reason would be a tragedy. And I wonder, are there no family members of George Read that would be interested in a family heirloom as awesome as this home if they’re not the owners now? Any other families lived here that would want to keep it in the family?


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