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Property Name Grantham-Edwards-McComb House
Reference Number 15000977
State Delaware
County New Castle
Town New Castle
Street Address 217 Park Avenue
Multiple Property Submission Name N/A
Status Listed 1/19/2016
Areas of Significance Agriculture, Architecture, Commerce, Transportation
Link to full file https://www.nps.gov/nr/feature/places/pdfs/15000977.pdf
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The Grantham-Edwards-McComb house is a highly significant historic dwelling that is eligible for listing on the National Register of Historic Places under Criterion A, and C. The dwelling is significant under Criterion A, as it was associated with the historic theme of Agriculture. More specifically, the dwelling, at various times during the period of significance, was used as a Tenant Farm, during the historic period of Agricultural Tenancy in Delaware which occurred from 1730 to 1900. Also, the Grantham-Edwards-McComb house is an excellent representation of building patterns within the Mid-Atlantic Region, as well as local building patterns within the Delaware Valley, because of its association with the rural elite - a class of individuals who were among the wealthiest 20 percent of the taxable population, owned land, and were engaged in a market-based agricultural economy. The Grantham-Edwards-McComb house is also an excellent example of a Federal Style dwelling with mid-nineteenth century additions, and late-nineteenth century Colonial Revival updates, and therefore is significant under Criterion C. The period of significance begins in 1804, as this is the earliest point at which the main dwelling could have been constructed; and ends in 1945, when the McComb and related Bush families sold the property

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