West Potato House

West Potato House was a historic potato house located near Delmar, Sussex County, Delaware. It was one of the last surviving examples of its building type. It was built about 1925, and is a 1+12-story, gable fronted, balloon frame structure on a concrete block foundation. The house had a cellar. It measured 37 feet, 6 inches, by 13 feet, 9 inches. It retained a number of important elements characteristic of potato house including: tall, narrow proportions, minimal fenestration, ventilation features, and tightly fitting door hatches.[2]

West Potato House
West Potato House is located in Delaware
West Potato House
West Potato House is located in the United States
West Potato House
LocationU.S. Route 13 north of its junction with Road 454A, near Delmar, Delaware
Coordinates38°28′48″N 75°34′18″W / 38.48000°N 75.57167°W / 38.48000; -75.57167Coordinates: 38°28′48″N 75°34′18″W / 38.48000°N 75.57167°W / 38.48000; -75.57167
Area0.1 acres (0.040 ha)
Builtc. 1925
MPSSweet Potato Houses of Sussex County MPS
NRHP reference No.90001701[1]
Added to NRHPNovember 15, 1990

It was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1990.[1] It is listed on the Delaware Cultural and Historic Resources GIS system as destroyed or demolished.[3]


  1. ^ a b "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. July 9, 2010.
  2. ^ Judith Quinn (December 1987). "National Register of Historic Places Inventory/Nomination: West Potato House". and Accompanying two photos
  3. ^ "West Potato House". Delaware Cultural and Historic GIS system. State of Delaware. Retrieved 18 May 2018.