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Old March 18th, 2008, 03:20 AM   #1
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Wilmington, Delaware: Trinity Vicinity, Midtown Brandywine, Happy Valley

Wilmington has several neighborhoods that are small in size, being only a few blocks big. Trinity Vicinity, Midtown Brandywine, and Happy Valley are three neighborhoods that are small in size. All three neighborhoods help to encircle Center City, the main office and business district in Wilmington. Despite being right next to Center City, these neighborhoods are quiet. These neighborhoods also have some architecture which can't be seen in other neighborhoods in the city.

Trinity Vicinity is a small neighborhood south of Delaware Avenue, between the edge of Center City and I-95. The houses in Trinity Vicinity were mainly built in the mid-1880s, after the land became desirable with the opening of the Cool Spring reservoir to the immediate west. The neighborhood gets its name from Trinity Episcopal Church, located in the northwest corner of the neighborhood on Delaware Avenue.

Wilmington's motto from the second half of the 20th century greets people where Delaware Avenue splits with 12th Street.

Rowhouses on Monroe Street.

Houses on 10th Street. The house in the center was the first house in the nation to receive help via the Urban Homesteading Program in the 1970s.

A small public garden at 10th & Monroe Streets.

Houses on 10th Street at Monroe Street.

Rowhouses on Trenton Place.

Houses on Trenton Place.

Wilmington's "Painted Ladies" on Trenton Place.

Houses on Trenton Place.

Colorful houses on 10th Street.

Rowhouses on Monroe Street.

Houses on 9th Street.

Apartments on Adams Street.

Sacred Heart Oratory, on Madison Street. The church was built in 1874, and is a remainder of the old St. Mary's College from the mid-1800's.

Trinity Episcopal Church, at the corner of Delaware Avenue and Adams Street. Trinity Church was built in 1882, after moving the parish from 5th & King Streets.

Trinity Episcopal Church from Delaware Avenue. 802 Delaware Avenue, one of ING Direct's buildings in Wilmington, is on the left.

Midtown Brandywine is a neighborhood in between the Brandywine River and 12th Street, with Washington Street to the west and Orange Street to the east. Center City borders Midtown Brandywine on the south and east, and Wilmington Hospital borders the neighborhood on the west. Due to the neighborhood's proximity to the Center City business district, the area has seen more interest in the last decade. Condominium projects have been proposed for the neighborhood, but residents do not welcome any increase in people and want the neighborhood to remain a quiet retreat from Center City.

Houses on Winchester Place.

The back and side of this house, facing Winchester Place, are decorated with a colorful mural.

Duplexes on Winchester Place.

Rowhouses on Winchester Place.

Houses on 14th Street at Orange Street.

Duplexes on 14th Street, with the Academy of the Dance on the right.

Houses on 14th Street.

Duplexes on 14th Street.

Houses on 14th Street.

Houses on 14th Street. Hercules Plaza, the world headquarters for Hercules Incorporated, a Fortune 1000 company that is in the pharmaceutical and chemical industry, is in the background.

Infill on 13th Street.

Doorsteps on 13th Street.

Houses on Tatnall Street.

Rowhouses on Tatnall Street.

Duplexes and rowhouses on Tatnall Street.

Three-story rowhouses on Tatnall Street.

Houses on West Street at 13th Street.

Rowhouses on West Street.

Houses on West Street.

Duplexes on West Street.

Houses on West Street near Brandywine Park.

The First Presbyterian Church, on Park Drive along the south side of the Brandywine River. The church was built in 1740 and was originally located at 10th & Market Streets, before being moved to its present location to make way for nwe developments next to Rodney Square in the 1918. The church was used by the British as a hospital as they marched towards Philadelphia during the Revolutionary War.

The William McKinley Memorial, on Park Drive at West Street.

Old mill works where the Brandywine Mill Race was used to generate power.

The West Street Dam, which was used in the 1700s and early 1800s for a barley mill.

The Washington Street Ale House, one of the eateries and shops along Washington Street.

Happy Valley is located northeast of Delaware Avenue and northwest of the Wilmington & Brandywine Cemetery. The Brandywine River runs along the northern edge of the neighborhood, and the Trolley Square neighborhood is to the northwest, up the hill from the area. Happy Valley is a small neighborhood that was torn in half when I-95 was built starting in 1962. Many people who lost their homes are mad at the city, state, and national governments to this day because of losing their homes.

The Wilmington & Brandywine Cemetery, begun in the 1840s north of Delaware Avenue and east of Adams Street.

Infill on Wawaset Street.

Houses on Wawaset Street.

Infill houses on Wawaset Street.

Rowhouses on Wawaset Street. Park Plaza is in the background.

Houses on Lovering Avenue.

Rowhouses on Lovering Avenue.

Infill on Lovering Avenue.

Rowhouses on Lovering Avenue.

Rowhouses on Jackson Street.

The Brandywine River from Park Drive. The Josephine Gardens, part of Brandywine Park, are on the other side of the river.

Wilmington Hospital, seen from Park Drive. Christiana Care, which runs Wilmington Hospital, will be building a 9-story addition to accomodate for the need for more medical services in northern Delaware.

The Brandywine Mill Race, in the foreground, no longer give mills power. However, it does serve a purpose as a place for the city of Wilmington to draw its drinking water. The Van BUren Street Bridge crosses over the Brandywine River.

The Brandywine Mill Race, used to power mills on the south side of the Brandywine River.

Park Plaza from Harrison Street. Park Plaza is a condo building completed in 1986. Twin towers were originally planned, but the second tower was scrapped during construction.

Houses on Van Buren Street.

Rowhouses on Van Buren Street.

Rowhouses on Shallcross Avenue.

Houses on Harrison Street.

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