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.
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.
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.
The floor plan is rather simple. That pantry is a real mystery.
The "half story" is the third floor, and it appears to be quite spacious.
The Bay Tree, up close and person. That gate on the side porch is a curiosity.
And here's our Bay Tree, 97 years old. Photo is courtesy Patricia Siedle Shorter.
Do the owners know of its unique history? Photo is courtesy Patricia Siedle Shorter.
I'm a sucker for sunporches. Very nice! Photo is courtesy Patricia Siedle Shorter.
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.
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.
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