Lippincott’s Department Store on the 300 block of North Market Street in Wilmington. DE was formed by combining pre-existing, mid- 19th-century buildings into a single retail complex. The new owner sought to combine the old buildings and two vacant lots into one mixed-use complex, restoring the significant exterior façade elements and the remaining fragments of interior detail.
Initial construction revealed structural instability in a number of rear walls, requiring sensitive rebuilding and stabilization of original fabric. In one instance more than 50 tie rods were installed to stabilize an original wall.
The redeveloped buildings include retail and office spaces that return a viable use to the block while maintaining the scale of old Market Street and contributing to the vitality of the historic commercial core of the city.
Richard Humphreys Hall was originally conceived as both a dormitory and classroom building when it was constructed in the early 1900s. The renovation that began in 2010 transformed the building into a modern dormitory with an interior elevator. The exterior mechanical enclosure used salvaged stones so it could blend with the existing building.