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Little Piece of DuPont History For Sale

And it’s right on the Delaware River.

The 97-year-old beauty is located in Carney’s Point, New Jersey, home to one of DuPont’s many WW1 munitions plants. This most certainly would have been a house for the upper management at the Carney’s Point facility. It’s a huge house (three full stories and a basement), and it sits on a beautiful lot, facing out to the Delaware River.

We’re coming around to thinking that these houses were probably designed by Aladdin (a kit house company based in Bay City, Michigan), and they were probably built with materials supplied by Aladdin.

For now, that’s mostly speculation, but based on what we’ve learned heretofore, it seems very plausible.

The listing says that this house was built in 1917. That’s believable. We entered “The Great War” in April 1917, and that’s when we went crazy building munitions plants throughout the country. Interestingly, Great Britain credited DuPont and their munitions production with being largely responsible for their victory in The Great War.

To see the more modest housing provided to munitions workers, click here.

To learn more about how we got started on this topic, click here.

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It's a beautiful house and appears to be in good condition. It was probably designed by Aladdin and built with materials supplied by Aladdin. Probably. We don't know for sure - yet. Photo is courtesy Patricia Siedle Shorter.

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This house was also built at Old Hickory, TN (another DuPont munitions plant). This page came from a 1920 catalog featuring the houses of Old Hickory.

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The floor plan is rather simple. That pantry is a real mystery.

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The "half story" is the third floor, and it appears to be quite spacious.

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The Bay Tree, up close and person. That gate on the side porch is a curiosity.

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And here's our Bay Tree, 97 years old. Photo is courtesy Patricia Siedle Shorter.

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And its also a pretty house

Do the owners know of its unique history? Photo is courtesy Patricia Siedle Shorter.

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And its also a beautiful house.

I'm a sucker for sunporches. Very nice! Photo is courtesy Patricia Siedle Shorter.

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This ad appeared in the September 1918 DuPont magazine. We know that DuPont had a long-term working relationship with Aladdin, and turned to Aladdin to supply worker housing at several plants, including Hopewell, Virginia, and Carney's Point, NJ. We're trying to figure out if DuPont turned to Aladdin to supply houses in Penniman, Virginia.

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To learn about how we got started on this DuPont project, you have to read about Penniman, Virginia’s own “Ghost City.”

To see the original real estate listing, click here.

To contact Rose, please leave a comment below.

  1. Akon
    April 15th, 2014 at 07:50 | #1

    Very interesting to compare the image from Carney’s Point to the catalog image; how an added sun porch, shutters and a coat of paint make two very different houses.

    Both look great and I’m fascinated with the adapted French Second Empire architecture.

    Thank you for an interesting article!

  2. Shari D.
    April 17th, 2014 at 13:42 | #2

    Interesting to read the smaller print at the bottom of the page from Aladdin’s advertisement in the 1918 DuPont magazine, on providing “A Single House–or a Complete City.”

    They were absolutely serious about the “complete” part ~ right down to “electric light plants and distribution, sewerage systems, TREES, etc.”!!

  3. Al Greening
    April 18th, 2014 at 14:06 | #3

    Hi Rose,

    John Dick was my wife’s grandfather. I have a few of his photographs and one of his Cirkut Cameras. I would be happy to talk to you. My phone number is 415 771 3441. My email is algreening@mac.com.

    Al Greening

  4. Lisa
    April 21st, 2014 at 19:10 | #4

    Hi Rose,

    I saw a thread on the This Old House forum that you wrote about the hexagon tile sheet vinyl you installed in your bathroom remodel.

    Can you please email me at the email provided? I have a couple of questions for you before I order it from Linoleum City.

    Thanks!

  5. Carol
    May 15th, 2014 at 04:02 | #5

    I stand corrected! The Davis model is not on Lakeshore Drive, rather, it is at 1202 Riverside Drive, in Old Hickory, TN.

    The Old Village is north of 45, west of Riverside Drive and east of Industrial Drive.

    This is bordered on the north by Old Hickory Lake.

    There are more of these houses scattered east and south, but the bulk of them are within the street boundaries given.

    I’m sure these are Aladdin houses, block after unspoiled block. So much eye candy. Anyone who choses to Google drive this will be on the computer for hours.

    By the way Rose, I happily found you on Retro Renovations and I LOVE your bathroom and kitchen. I really hope you find this interesting. I found myself driving these streets many times when I had the time to do so.

    It was on my way to a massive mall back in the day. I made many detours into this area for my historical eye candy. Nashville has recognized Old Hickory Village as historically significant. I don’t know if it is on the National Register. I hope so.

  6. Carol
    May 15th, 2014 at 15:56 | #6

    My apologies to the readers. The first part of my comment is under the article Sandston, Virginia, Another DuPont town.

    I was devouring the Dupont history and wasn’t paying attention to the article I was in when I left this second comment.

    I checked and there are hundreds of village homes on the National Historic Register.

  7. Lori Casteel
    January 31st, 2016 at 23:54 | #7

    I just stumbled on this thread. Carol, we live at 1202 Riverside in Old Hickory - also a DuPont Community from 1918. Our home is a Baytree and not a Davis.

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