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Albert D. Lueders Metropolitan Merchandise Marts, Inc. / Clifton Park Manor collections


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Albert D. Lueders was born in New Jersey in 1905. In 1937 he established an architectural firm in Arlington, Virginia, where he designed housing based on the Garden City Movement. This movement began in England with the work of Ebenezer Howard at the close of the nineteenth century. The ideas behind the Garden City Movement came to America in the 1920s and influenced city planning. The concept was one of a self-contained community which integrated residences, businesses, and green spaces. People could live where they worked, and in some cases designers intended to minimize the amount of automobile traffic or separate driving and pedestrian spaces. Towns such as Letchworth and Welwyn Garden City reflected this movement in England while Radburn, New Jersey; Greenbelt, Maryland; Greenhills, Ohio; and Greendale, Wisconsin, appeared in the United States, all influenced by the same principles. In 1949 Lueders applied what he knew of the Garden City Movement to the designs for Clifton Park Manor in northern Delaware and the Wilmington Merchandise Mart which adjoined it. Wilmington Merchandise Mart later came to be known as Merchants Square. Lueders was involved in Virginia development, including apartment complexes in Falls Church, Virginia, and designs for Claremont, Virginia. Lueders died circa 1975.

“Planned Communities, Part 1: Garden City.” University Libraries, University of Maryland, College Park. June 4, 2002. Accessed September 26, 2006“National Register of Historic Places Registration Form, VDHR 000-9700.” Virginia Department of Historic Resources: Historic Registers. 2006. Accessed September 26, 2006.Wells, John E. and Robert E. Dalton. The Virginia Architects, 1835-1955: A Biographical Dictionary. (Richmond: New South Architectural Press) 1997.

The collection includes documents related to the 1948-1949 planning of Clifton Park Manor and Wilmington Merchandise Mart, which later became Merchant square.

Box 1: Shelved in SPEC MSS manuscript boxes

Purchase, September 2006

Processed by Jenniver Vess, September 2006. Encoded by Jaime Margalotti, July 2017.

University of Delaware Library Special Collections
Finding Aid Author
University of Delaware Library, Special Collections
Finding Aid Date
2017 July 19
Access Restrictions

The collection is open for research.

Use Restrictions

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Collection Inventory

Set No. 6 Specifications for Clifton Park Manor, 1949 October 27.
Box 1 Folder F1
Scope and Contents

108 pages including cover, 97 of which were produced on blueprint paper. The cover is signed by the architect, owner, contractor, mortgagee, indemnitor and mortgage insurer. The contents include a 10-page “The General Conditions of the Contract for the Construction of Buildings” in its fifth edition at the time, and approved by several professional associations. The remainder of the book lays out in detail the building specifications including process and materials for the buildings to be included in Clifton Park Manor. The pages are bound with staples.

Physical Description

108 pp

Business Plans for an Edge Moor, Delaware shopping mall, 1948-1949.
Box 1 Folder F2
Scope and Contents

Plan consisting of 48 pages each with a pocket that holds a printed table of population, income, mobility, transportation, sales projections. The plan itself has narrative portions supported by statistics on Delaware income (per capita and sources of income), population, retail trade, travel and transportation, parking and dwellings predominantly from the year 1948, but in some instances as early as 1930. Also includes traffic pattern maps.

Physical Description

48 pp

Business Plans for an Edge Moor, Delaware shopping mall, 1948-1949.
Box 1 Folder F3
Physical Description

48 pp

Wilmington Merchandise Mart, undated.
Box 1 Folder F4
Scope and Contents

Color print showing the proposed layout of the Wilmington Merchandise Mart adjoining Clifton Park Manor. Includes the name of the architect and the artist. The reverse has the name T.B. O’Toole, Inc.

Print, Suggest