A walk down Bridgeville's historic Market Street

February 11, 2017

Anyone that has traveled down Market Street in Bridgeville, Delaware can see the historic character of the town. Bridgeville is the oldest community in western Sussex County, and many of the homes you see along Market Street reflect the various architectural styles in vogue throughout its history.

 

Photo: Google Maps

200 Market Street (above) is an example of the combination of Queen Anne and Colonial Revival architectural styles. This home reflects Queen Anne elements like projecting bays, decorative cresting along the roof edges, broad gable forms, and a large porch with elements of the Colonial Revival, including such features as arched Palladian windows and a bold modillion cornice.

 

Photo: Google Maps

At 206 Market Street (above) you find an example of the Tudor Revival style, which was popular from about 1900 up to the World War II era. These homes exhibit features of the Medieval English architecture, including steep front-facing gables, which you can see here, false “half-timbering”, stucco or masonry exterior walls, and casement windows.

 

 Photo: The Parker Group

One unique style of home you will find on Market Street is the Dutch Colonial at 203 Market Street (above). This style of architecture is a subtype of Colonial Revival, and originated from the influence of Dutch settlers in New York and New Jersey during the 17th and 18th centuries. These homes tend to be 1 ½ stories tall, with a gambrel roof whose front slope extends to create a front porch.

 

Photo: Google Maps

The impressive American Foursquare architectural style is displayed prominently at 201 Market Street. This large masonry home was built in 1907 and exemplifies the style in its blocky, cubical proportions, steep hipped roof and rock-faced concrete brick exterior. This standout home is known as the Trinity House.

 

The Trinity House was recently purchased by an investor who plans to restore it to its former glory. The Parker Group will be hosting before and after open houses to allow the community to witness its makeover.

 

Come check out the “before” open house on Sunday, February 19th from 2:00 until 4:00 pm, and be a party to this incredible transformation!

 

 

Reference:

Bridgeville Historic District. (n.d.). Retrieved February 09, 2017, from http://www.livingplaces.com/DE/Sussex_County/Bridgeville_Town/Bridgeville_Historic_District.html

 

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