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The George Read II House, on The Strand in New Castle. The house was completed in 1803 for George Read II, the son of George Read, who signed the Declaration of Independence. The younger Read wanted his house to replicate the fancy townhouses of Philadelphia, where he spent considerable time. Benjamin Henry Latrobe, who later became the second architect of the United States Capitol, offered to furnish patterns for the cornices. The house was saved from the great fire in New Castle in 1824 by constantly wetting the roof. The house has been a museum since 1975.

 

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There are a few instances of famous architects contributing to the building stock in Delaware. I.M. Pei designed this highrise on 12th Street in Wilmington. Wilmington Tower, now known as 1105 Market Street, was completed in 1971 and is 286 feet tall. It resembles Pei's Municipal Center in Dallas, Texas, which was completed in 1977. Pei took the design for this tower and proposed two identical buildings for Columbia University in New York City.

 

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Most of the culvert near Forrestal Drive in Pencader Hundred for the New Castle & Frenchtown Railroad, laid out between 1830 and 1832, is now gone, although some stones remain in place on either side of Belltown Run. The New Castle & Frenchtown Railroad opened on February 28, 1832, as one of the first railroads in the United States. The railroad has the distinction of being the first railroad in the United States to use steam power for the transportation of passengers, beginning this service on September 10, 1832.

 

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The Delaware Art Museum, on Kentmere Parkway in Wilmington. The museum was built in 1937 to house Samuel Bancroft's collection of Pre-Raphaelite paintings from the mid-19th century, which he gave to the Wilmington Society of the Fine Arts. Additions were added to the museum in 1956, 1987, and 2005. The museum is considered one of the best art museums in the world.

 

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The Everett Theatre, on Main Street in Middletown. The theater was built in 1922 and was originally known as the Middletown Theatre. It showed movies until 1979. After remaining closed for four years, it opened again in 1983 as a performing arts venue. The theater features a carbon-arc movie projector, and a Rogers Trio organ from the silent movie era.

 

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The old Augustine Hotel, on Delaware Route 9 in Augustine Beach, south of Port Penn. The structure was built in 1814. It originally served ship travelers. From the late 1800s to the 1920s, ships came to this spot after a pier and pleasure ground were built. The location continued as a small-scale beach location until pollution made swimming dangerous in the 1960s. The old hotel is now a bar.

 

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It is unusual for a replica of a historic building to itself be considered historic. The replica of the Cape Henlopen Lighthouse, now in the Rehoboth Avenue traffic circle at Grove Street in Rehoboth Beach, was built in 1924 as a realtor office, before the actual lighthouse crashed into the ocean in 1926.

 

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The Delaware Memorial Bridge, in New Castle Hundred, is dedicated to members of the military who gave their lives in World War II, and subsequent wars. The bridge's memorial lists residents of Delaware and New Jersey who died in World War II.

 
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