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  • Description: building
(1980 results)



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    • Hydro-Electric Plant

    • Power plants; Foundations;
    • "According to Edward L. Bader this plant was constructed in 1891-92 by Francis Gurney and Alfred I. du Pont; however, date is given as 1898 in Allan J. Henry, ed., Life of Alexis I. du Pont, II, p. 34. It was a two-story frame building with three...
    • Lumber House - Site

    • Lumber industry; Storage facilities;
    • "Area in front of lumber house was where carpenters and millwrights constructed oak water wheels in sections. Building was of frame construction."
    • Change House - Site and Remains

    • Bathhouses; Foundations;
    • "At one time this building was a fitting-up house, a finishing point in water wheel construction. Later it was the change house. The change house was instituted by Alfred I. du Pont when a workman was burned at home in his powder clothes. The frame...
    • Picker House

    • Storage facilities; Carpenter shops;
    • "Believed to have been originally a dye house in connection with cotton spinning operation of Duplanty - McCall Cotton Company and its successors. Some time between 1885 and 1890 Francis Gurney du Pont established a carpenter shop in the building....
    • Rebel Shanty

    • Sheds; Storage facilities;
    • "Built during the early 1860's, and used at various times as a dust mill, temporary packhouse, storehouse for powder sweepings, dust, etc., and for miscellaneous storage. The legend of the origin of the name is unverifiable, but holds that two men,...
    • Walker's Mill

    • Mills; Storage facilities; Textile industry;
    • "Built in 1814 by Joseph B. Simms, this stone mill was operated through most of its long life as a cotton spinning mill. The land belonged to E. I. du Pont, and the Brandywine Manufacturers' Sunday School first met there. The mill and the...
    • Workmen's Dormitory

    • Dwellings; Dormitories;
    • "Built on or near the site of housing built for the Jacob Broom mill employees. It is believed that the original construction was frame and was later replaced by the present stone building. Its use during the 19th century is unknown, but probably...
    • Coal Mill - Site and Remains

    • Mills; Foundations;
    • "Built sometime before 1834, this building was both a sulphur and charcoal pulverizing mill. It was a large stone building valued at $3000 in 1834, and was also known as the dust mill, partly on account of the dust it created. At a later date it...
    • Charge House

    • Storage facilities;
    • "Charcoal and sodium nitrate were brought in cars to this plant for preliminary mixing of soda powder. Sometimes powder from the roll mills was brought to this building and stored in one end of it until the press room was ready for it. Building was...
    • Steam Plant

    • Engine rooms; Power plants;
    • "Francis Gurney du Pont is said to have been the one who prevailed upon General Henry du Font to build a steam plant in the 1880's. It was built primarily for the purpose of supplying power to the mills in time of low water, but was also part of...
    • Sunday School and Stable

    • Schools; Stables; Office buildings;
    • "Funds were sought as early as 1821 to construct this stone building, to house the Brandywine Manufacturers' Sunday School, which had started in Walker's Mill and was later in Henry Clay Mill. E. I. du Pont donated the land and a large portion of...
    • Gate House and Centennial Gates

    • Gatehouses; Gates;
    • "Gates of 1886-1904 were located a distance upstream from present gates, approximately where Squirrel Run flows under the road. Before 1886 the gates were located several hundred yards above the present museum building. Alfred I. du Pont,...
    • Composition House

    • Ordnance industry; Gunpowder;
    • "If the 1834 Alfred Victor du Pont survey is accurate and in scale, then this is not the press house shown on that survey about 100 feet from the existing indented stone-walled area. If the scale of the map is incorrect, then this could be the same...
    • Old Machine Shop

    • Machine shops; Storage facilities;
    • "In 1858 the old machine shop was built of stone and frame construction at a cost of $2000 on the site of a former cooper's shop. The mason work was done by a Mr. Connelly, and Hugh Sterling did the carpentering. This building was used for both new...
    • Site of Saltpeter Storage Building

    • Storage facilities; Explosives;
    • "In the late 19th century, the building on this site was identified as a storehouse. Previous history unknown. On the 1903 map, it is shown as 'soda house,' and on the 1904 map as 'potash store.' It remained in use for storage until the plant...

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