Rodney Square

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Coordinates: 39°44′45″N 75°32′49″W / 39.7459467°N 75.5468667°W / 39.7459467; -75.5468667 (Rodney Square)

Looking southwest toward the DuPont Building and the Wilmington Library.

Rodney Square is the public square and national historic district located in downtown Wilmington, New Castle County, Delaware, named after American Revolutionary leader Caesar Rodney. A large statue of Rodney by James E. Kelly stands in the front of the square. The square was created in the early 20th century by John Jacob Raskob who worked for Pierre S. du Pont.[1] The City Beautiful movement served as the inspiration for the effort.[2]

Caesar Rodney statue on Rodney Square.

It was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 2011, as the Rodney Square Historic District.[3]

Events[edit]

Surrounding architecture[edit]

Wilmington Public Library on Rodney Square

The eight blocks surrounding the square contain a number of downtown buildings:

Name Built Architect Style Current Use
American Life Building 1971 I.M. Pei Brutalist Multi-tenant office
MBNA Bracebridge I 1995 BofA credit card headquarters
Delaware Trust Building 1930 Dennison & Hirons Classical Revival Condos and restaurants, listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 2003.[4]
DuPont Building 1908 DuPont headquarters
First & Central Church Presbyterian Church USA
Public Building 1916 Henry Hornbostel Classical Revival Law firm
Wilmington Mansion 1860s Wilmington Club, listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 2006.[4]
Wilmington Post Office 1937 Associated Federal Architects Classical Revival Wilmington Trust headquarters, listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1979.[4]
Wilmington Public Library 1922 Edward Lippincott Tilton Beaux-Arts Library

Corporate headquarters[edit]

Wilmington Trust headquarters with the I. M. Pei building to the left.

Current[edit]

Former[edit]

Transportation[edit]

DART hybrid bus in Rodney Square.

Rodney Square serves as a major hub for public transit with the following connections:

  • DART First State bus lines: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 9, 10, 11, 12, 16, 17, 19/30, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 28, 33, 34, 35, 36, 38, 39, 40, 41, 42, 54, 55
  • DART First State trolley: 32

References[edit]

  1. ^ Brandywine Valley Scenic Byway Rodney Square, DE
  2. ^ Milford, Maureen (2003-10-19). "MBNA's homage to the past". The News Journal. Archived from the original on November 2003. Retrieved 2009-01-18. 
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  3. ^ "National Register of Historic Places Listings". Weekly List of Actions Taken on Properties: 8/09/11 through 8/12/11. National Park Service. 2011-08-19. 
  4. ^ a b c "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 2010-07-09. 

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