Old Delaware City Public School

Old Delaware City Public School (HM1RW5)

Location: Delaware City, DE 19706 New Castle County
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Country: United States of America
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N 39° 34.419', W 75° 35.639'

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Delaware City was founded in 1826, in anticipation of the opening of the Chesapeake and Delaware Canal. The town was incorporated in 1851. The benefits of proximity to the canal resulted in a sustained period by prosperity and expansion of the community. By the 1880s, the need for new educational facilities to serve a growing population was evident. In 1883 a new Delaware City Public School was constructed at this location. The building's design showcased the Italianate style that was popular at the time. The school continued to serve the community's needs until it was outgrown and replaced by a larger structure on Fifth Street in 1930. The old building was purchased by St. Paul's Roman Catholic Church in 1933, and remodeled for use as a Parish house. During World War II, the building served as a USO Center, providing off-base recreation for soldiers stationed at nearby Fort DuPont and Fort Delaware. In 1969 the City of Delaware City assumed ownership of the structure to house municipal offices. The former Delaware City Public School building was listed in the National Register of Historic Places in 1984 as part of the Delaware City Historic District.
HM NumberHM1RW5
Marker NumberNC-178
Year Placed2008
Placed ByDelaware Public Archives
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Monday, April 25th, 2016 at 1:03pm PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)18S E 448983 N 4380606
Decimal Degrees39.57365000, -75.59398333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 39° 34.419', W 75° 35.639'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds39° 34' 25.14" N, 75° 35' 38.34" W
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Area Code(s)302
Which side of the road?Marker is on the right when traveling North
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 407 Clinton St, Delaware City DE 19706, US
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