Delaware Construction Company houses in Wilmington, DelawareCreation: circa 1910-1914
Horace Holden Thayer, Jr. (1878-1959) was a naval architect, mechinical engineer, and businessman. Between 1909 and 1914 Thayer worked for the Delaware Construction Company which was a building company, constructing residential homes in downtown Wilmington, Delaware. This collection contains photographs of fifteen homes taken between 1910 and 1914. The images are of exterior views only.
- Creation: circa 1910-1914
15 photographic prints : b&w ; 5 x 7 in.
Horace Holden Thayer, Jr. (1878-1959) was a naval architect, mechinical engineer, and businessman. Thayer was born on 11 March 1878 in Yonkers, New York to Horace Holden Thayer (1847-1924) and Frances Ella Barry Thayer (1855-1931). He attended Cornell University, graduating in 1900 with a degree in Mechanical Engineering.
Following graduation he was employed by three shipyards in the drafting room and eventually as a naval architect.
Thayer married Anna Pim Savery Thayer (1876-1960) in 1904. She was the daughter of Thomas H. Savery (1837-1910) and Sarah Pim Savery (1837-1928). Thomas H. Savery was president of Pusey, Jones and Company, a major shipbuilding company in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. The couple had one daughter and made their home in Haverford, Pennsylvania
In 1907 Thayer went into business as a naval architect and marine surveor. In 1909, Thayer became treasurer of a newly founded company, the Delaware Construction Company which was a building company, constructing residential homes in downtown Wilmington, Delaware. In 1917 he joined the United States Shipping Board Emergency Fleet Corporation as an assistant to the Naval Architect and eventually as head of the Technical Department. Subsequent to his service there, Thayer was a naval architect and ship surveyor in Delaware and Pensylvania. Thayer died on 18 February 1959 in Pennsylvania.
Scope and Content
Between 1909 and 1914 Thayer worked for the Delaware Construction Company which was a building company, constructing residential houses in downtown Wilmington, Delaware. Thayer was company treasurer from the company's founding in 1909. The Delaware Construction Co. was a subsidary of the National Real Estate Trust Company, which provided loans and financing for the properties.
In 1912, Thayer discovered that the general manager of Delaware Construction Co., Maurice S. Malloy and had been embezzling money. The same was discovered about the president of the National Real Estate Trust Company, W. P. Jorde. The courts apointed Thayer as receiver for the Delaware Construction Co. and Peter T. Wright as receiver for the National Real Estate Trust Company. Between 1912 and 1914 Thayer worked to sell the properties and settle the company's' debts.
These photographs are exterior views of newly built houses in Wilmington, Delaware, between 1910 and 1914. Some photographs have people in them, including Black homeowners. Most prints captioned in pencil with address, sometimes price of houses, number of bedrooms and bathrooms.
This collection is open for research.
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Photographs, 1 drawing removed from Horace B. Thayer collection at the Mariners Museum, Newport News, Virginia.
- Mariners' Museum (Newport News, Va.) (Former owner, Organization)
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- Delaware Construction Company houses in Wilmington, Delaware
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