State Review Board to meet April 20, 2022; will consider National Register nomination of Dauneport

The Delaware State Review Board for Historic Preservation will meet at 10 a.m. on Wednesday, April 20, 2022 at the Delaware Center for Material Culture located at 1351 W. North St. in Dover, Del. As part of the meeting, the board will review a National Register of Historic Places nomination for Dauneport, a historic New Castle County property located at 420 Old Kennett Road north of Wilmington. Go to the following for the full meeting agenda.

Admission to the meeting is free and open to the public but limited seating is available; please call 302-736-7417 for reservations. People interested in virtually participating in the meeting can join online via Zoom by clicking here. Written comments may be submitted prior to the meeting date, and comments and questions may be submitted in person or online during the meeting.

About Dauneport …
In 1932, the nation was engaged in a celebration of George Washington’s 200th birthday. That year, Amy du Pont, an industrial heiress and philanthropist, commissioned Mary Mclaughlin Craig, a personal friend and California-based architectural designer, to design du Pont’s New Castle County country estate, Dauneport, in a style replicating Washington’s Mount Vernon.

Photo of Dauneport

Dauneport is locally significant as an early architectural collaboration between two women, designed and executed by a successful female architectural designer at a time when there were relatively few female architects practicing in the United States. Though Craig was an important and successful architect in Southern California, her collaboration with du Pont on Dauneport represents her only known architectural commission in the state of Delaware.

Go to the following to read the National Register nomination for Dauneport.

The Delaware State Review Board for Historic Preservation serves as the advisory body to the state historic preservation officer, the official appointed by the governor to oversee and implement the state’s preservation policies in accordance with federal standards. As part of its responsibilities, the State Review Board evaluates historic properties for placement in the National Register of Historic Places and provides professional advice on historic preservation matters.

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