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Homestead Hall near Middletown
Photo courtesy of UD's Center for Historic Architecture and Design
Two New Castle County nominations for the National Register of Historic
Places were approved at the county and state levels last week. They now
seek approval at the national level, where they could be added to the
National Register of Historic Places.
Both nominees date back to the 1700s. One is Homestead Hall, a
historic family home near Middletown. The other is the England-Red Mill
Historic District, an old flour mill and several accompanying buildings
Catherine Morrissey, assistant director of
University of Delawares Center for Historic Architecture and Design,
presented the nomination of Homestead Hall, a home built in the 1770s by
what she says was one of the wealthiest families in the area.
says its one of just two surviving 18th-century buildings in
Appoquinimink Hundred. And its architecture is what makes it unique.
house is a transitional architectural style between older, traditional
architecture to that of a fancier Georgian house, Morrissey said.
Emmons, Historic Preservation Specialist at the Center for Historic
Architecture and Design, presented the mill complex at the historic
review board hearings this week.
If you drive around
that area there in Newark, theres lots of names with Redmill in it.
Redmill Court, Redmill Plaza, Emmons said. And it came from that
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The England-Red Mill in Newark
Credit Photo courtesy of UD's Center for Historic Architecture and Design
Emmons says the mill is in unusually good condition, with the millrace, or channel of water that powered the mill, still intact.
thinks the nominations will likely be approved at the national level,
because she says most problems with nominations are usually ironed out
as they pass through the county and state historic review boards.
notes a National Register of Historic Places designation could protect
the properties from development that uses federal grants like highways
or housing complexes but doesnt ensure itll be preserved.
adds that the day after a property is listed on the National Register
of Historic Places, the owner could decide to bulldoze it. However,
there are federal and sometimes state or local tax incentives for owners
to preserve and even rehabilitate designated buildings, he says.
to Morrissey, the Center for Historic Architecture and Design is
planning to nominate several other places for the National Register of
Historic Places this year, including a reworking of the historic
district at Hagley Museum in Wilmington.
has about 700 properties on the National Register of Historic Places,
according to Madeline Dunn of the states Division of Historic and
Cultural Affairs. Roughly 400 of those are in New Castle County.
by Sophia Schmidt, delawarepublic.org
View the original article: April 18, 2018, delawarepublic.org