Peek Inside Wilmington’s Iconic Gargoyle House

Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, this well-known Wilmington home is imposing on the outside, light and airy on the inside.


ADDRESS: 1007 N. Broom St., Wilmington YEAR BUILT: 1905 BEDROOMS AND BATHS: 6 bedrooms, 3 full baths, 2 half-baths SQUARE FOOTAGE: 11,900 LOT SIZE: 0.26 acres SCHOOL DISTRICT: Red Clay Consolidated

The Postles House is a Wilmington icon at the corner of 11th and Broom streets, whose considerable local significance is in the eye of the beholder.

Architectural enthusiasts see the historic home’s Tudor Gothic–style fenestrated bays topped by battlements with wide merlons and crenels. History buffs may know that the house was built by Grantley Post Postles, the son of Gen. James Parke Postles, a Civil War Congressional Medal of Honor winner and adjutant general of the state of Delaware under three governors. The well-preserved dwelling has been listed on the National Register of Historic Places since 1982.

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Wilmington residents know the imposing structure as simply the “Gargoyle House” for the carvings positioned around the façade.

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Those fortunate enough to gain entry see light-filled, airy rooms with hardwood floors, wide archways and leaded glass. Four floors of living space consist of six bedrooms, three full baths and two half-bathrooms, as well as multiple fireplaces. A carriage house encompasses a three-room apartment. Mature landscaping completes the picturesque property.

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Listed by Bert Green of RE/MAX Associates–Wilmington. Published as “House of Gargoyles” in the May 2020 issue of Delaware Today magazine.

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