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Archmere Academy drawings

Accession 2368

Hagley Museum and Library: Manuscripts and Archives Department, Hagley Museum and Library


PO Box 3630
Wilmington, Delaware 19807
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[Description and dates], Box/folder number, Archmere Academy drawings (Accession 2368), Hagley Museum and Library, Wilmington, DE 19807

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Descriptive Summary

Title: Archmere Academy drawings
Dates: 1930-1939
Accession Number: 2368
Creator: Archmere Academy
Extent: 11 item(s)
Language of Material: English.
Repository: Hagley Museum and Library: Manuscripts and Archives Department
Abstract: Archmere Academy is a private college preparatory school founded in 1932 on the former John J. Raskob (1879-1950) estate in Claymont, Delaware. The collection contains architectual drawings of various floors, bathrooms, and other rooms in the Academy.
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Administrative Information


Access Restrictions

No restrictions on access; this collection is open for research.

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Historical Note

Archmere Academy is a private college preparatory school founded in 1932 on the former John J. Raskob (1879-1950) estate in Claymont, Delaware.

In 1873, George Troutman (1813-1901) purchased the land on which the present Archmere Academy is situated. He named the parcel "Archmere," after a natural arch formed by trees along the Delaware River. After Troutman's death, his daughter, Virginia Smith (1835-1913), sold the property, which consisted of approximately seventy acres, to Raskob for $27,000. Improvements were made upon the two-and-one-half-story Gothic Revival Mansion House of 1840 and the Raskob's moved in on August 1, 1910. After their fourth child was born in Mansion House, it became apparent that the Raskobs needed a larger residence. It was decided to raze Mansion House and construct a larger residence on that site overlooking the river. On February 2, 1916, the Raskobs temporarily relocated to Woodsedge, an adjacent property which was purchased from Ida Carr Addicks (1850-1931). The Patio, as the new residence at Archmere was called, was begun that same year and completed in 1918.

By 1930, Raskob's ties to Wilmington and the du Ponts had loosened and, in 1932, as Archmere was becoming encircled by development, Raskob sold the estate for $300,000 and moved to a larger estate on Maryland's Eastern Shore. The property was purchased by the Norbertine Fathers of St. Norbert Abbey in DePere, Wisconsin with the purpose of establishing a Norbertine school for boys.

Norbert of Xanten established a religious community in Premontre, France where priests could cultivate an ascetic life and set forth to preach spiritual renewal and administer the sacraments in parish churches. Forty priests professed their vows at Premontre in 1121, marking the inception of the Premonstratensian Order. During the Middle Ages, several hundred Norbertine abbey's and priories were established throughout Europe and, by the end of the nineteenth century, in India and the United States. On September 28, 1898, the first Norbertine priory in the United Sates was founded in Depere, Wisconsin and St. Norbert College was established that same year.

By 1930, the Norbertine Order was working toward underwriting an east coast venture and, in 1932, Abbot Bernard Pennings (1861-1955) happened upon Archmere. Its cloistered halls were ideal for religious teaching and Abbot Pennings travelled to the Democratic National Convention in Chicago meet with Raskob and settle on a price. This was approved by the Diocese of Wilmington and the new school opened on September 14, 1932. The present Archmere Academy is a Catholic, college preparatory school for men and women in grades nine through twelve.

Archmere is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

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Scope and Content

The collection contains architectual drawings of various floors, bathrooms, and other rooms in Archmere Academy. The records contain details regarding the layout, plumbing and heating pipes, and wiring and ductwork in the Academy.

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Access Points

Architectural drawings.
Claymont (Del.)
Preparatory schools
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Series Descriptions and Inventory

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1 1/2" Scale Details of First Floor House Toilets Shower Etc., undated
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1 Section Showing Elevation of Pipes at Ceiling of Tunnel, undated
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1 Rearrangement of Coat Room & Servants Toilets Butler's Bath &c, undated
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1 Plumbing & Heating Pipes Ducts &c at Entrance to Ladies' Toilet, undated
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1 Conditions for Supporting Radiators without Legs, undated
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1 Detail Locations of Elec. Panels and Hose Racks, undated
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1 Indicator Dial Design, Passenger Elevator, undated
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1 Layout of Fur Storage, undated
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1 Detail of Organ Piping and Conduit, undated
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2 1/2" Scale Details of 2nd Floor House Bath Rooms (2), undated
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2 Part Plan of First Floor (Layout of Hydrants...and oil s...), undated
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2 Wash Basin (?), undated
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2 Sink Detail (?), undated
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2 Wiring and Ductwork Diagram-Loggia, undated
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3 Basement Floor Plan, Plumbing Heating Electrical, undated
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3 First Floor Plan, Plumbing Heating Electrical, undated
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3 Second Floor Plan, Plumbing Heating Electrical, undated
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4 No. 30, 1/2 Scale Layout of Bath Room 1A 2nd Floor, undated
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4 No. 31, 1/2" Scale Layout of Bath Room 2 + Shower Room 2nd Floor, undated
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4 No. 32, 1/2" Scale Layout of Bath Room 6 2nd Floor, undated
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4 No. 33, 1/2" Scale Layout of Bath Room 7 2nd Floor, undated
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4 No. 34, 1/2" Scale Layout of Bath Room 8 2nd Floor, undated
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4 No. 35, 1/2" Scale Layout of Bath Room 9 2nd Floor, undated
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4 No. 36, 1/2" Scale Layout of Bath Room 10 2nd Floor, undated
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4 No. 37, 1/2" Scale Layout of Bath Room 11 2nd Floor, undated
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4 No. 38, 1/2" Scale Layout of Bath Room 12 2nd Floor, undated
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4 No. 39, 1/2" Scale Layout of Bath Room 13 2nd Floor, undated
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4 No. 40, 1/2" Scale Layout of Bath Room 14 2nd Floor, undated
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5 No. 64, 1/2" Scale Layout of Marble Partitions in Laborers Toilet 1st Floor + Bath 2 2nd Floor, undated
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5 No. 68, 1/2" Scale Layout of Marble Floor in Coat Room 1st Floor, undated
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5 No. 41, Scale Detail of Mantel, South Loggia 1st Floor, undated
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5 No. 43, 1/2" Scale Layout of Marble Arches at Corners of Loggia, 1st Floor, undated
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5 No. 44, Layout of Marble Work for Main Entrance Hall-First Floor, undated
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5 No. 53, Layout of Twisted Iron Tie Rods Above Brick Arches of 1st Floor Patio Screen (2), undated
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6 Garage Rainwater Outside Connection to Overflow, undated
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6 Plumbing & Electrical Openings in Steel Jackets on Columns Nos. 6, 8 &9, undated
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6 No. 1, Plan of Screen-First Floor, Scale Details of Marble Work, undated
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6 No. 6, Plan of Screen-2nd Floor Loggia, Scale Details of Marble Work, Quarter Plan thro' Col Shafts Showing Balustrade Capping, Quarter Plan thro' Balustrade and Dies Under Columns, undated
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7 Part Plan: At East Side of Basement, undated
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7 Wiring and Ductwork Diagram, 2nd Floor (?), undated
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7 Wiring and Ductwork Diagram, Basement (?), undated
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7 Schedule for Wall Plates [Floor Framing Diagram], undated
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7 Floor Framing Diagram (?), undated
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7 Roof Truss Diagram, undated
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8 Part Plan at South Side, undated
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8 1/2" Scale Details of Basement & 3rd Floor House Toilets, undated
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8 Location of ...Mains at... [Diagram of water pipes and mains], undated
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9 No. S1, Openings and Chases in South Patio Wall for Pipes and Ducts, undated
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9 No. S2, Openings & Chases in North Patio Wall, undated
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9 No. S4, West Patio Wall Openings, undated
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9 No. S5, Plumbing-Roughing Dimensions for Basement Toilets, undated
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9 No. S6, Chases in Outside North Wall, undated
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9 No. S7, Chases in Outside South Wall, undated
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9 No. S8, Chases in Outside West Wall, undated
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9 No. S3, East Patio Wall Openings for Pipes and Ducts, undated
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9 No. S19, Chases in Outside East Wall, undated
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9 No. S20, Detail of Area Drain Connection at S.W. Corner of House, undated
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10 No. 23, 1/2" Scale Layout of Mens Toilet Basement, undated
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10 No. 24, 1/2" Scale Layout of Ladies Toilet Basement, undated
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10 H 25, 1/2" Scale Layout of Den Toilet 1st Floor, undated
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10 H 26, 1/2" Scale Layout of Servants Toilet & Butler's Shower, 1st Floor, undated
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10 H27, 1/2" Layout of Playroom Toilet 1st Floor, undated
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10 No. 29, 1/2" Scale Layout of Bathroom 1, 2nd Floor, undated
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10 No. 17, Scale Layout of Marble Flooring 2nd Story Loggia, undated
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10 No. 19, Layout of Marble Work for North Run of Main Stairs 1st to 2nd Floor & Stair Hall..., undated
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11 No. 16, Scale Layout of Marble Flooring, Patio & 1st Story Loggia, undated
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11 No. 47, Layout of Marble Work for South Run of Main Stairs 1st to 2nd Floor & Stair Hall 2nd Floor, undated
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11 Layout of Marble Work for Main Entrance Hall First Floor, undated
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11 No. 11, 1/2" Scale Layout of First Floor Loggia, undated
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11 No. 18, Plan of Walls, 2nd Story Loggia, undated
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1 First Floor Framing Plan, undated