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Annapolis Maryland Blog Photograph • Sailboats Moored Along Spa Creek Under Overcast Skies on a Spring Afternoon • Monday May 2nd 2016

Acton Cove Water View

Four Sailboats Moored on Spa Creek Under Overcast Skies in Annapolis Maryland May 2nd 2016

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This view from Acton Cove out across Spa Creek might best be titled sailboats, condos and trees in the City.

While the skies remain overcast, given that this evening’s forecast is calling for rain, all in all it is nice once again to see sailboats tied to mooring buoys on the creeks of Annapolis.

Have a good week,

Glenn

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Annapolis Maryland Blog Photograph • A May Day Flower Basket Hangs Under the Porch Roof of Mr. Johnson’s 1860’s Cobbler Shop • Sunday May 1st 2016

A Rainy Sunday Morning

A May Day Flower Basket Hangs Outside Mr. Johnson's 1860's Cobbler Shop in Annapolis Maryland May 1st 2016

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The rains subsided earlier in the day across Annapolis Maryland on this first Sunday in May as flower baskets could be seen adorning both houses and business in the Historic District. Today marks the 60th anniversary of the Flower Club of Old Annapolis Towne annual May Day Basket celebration as doors, porches and gates serve as backdrops for displays of colorful flowers, plants and decoratively arranged ribbons.

Featured above is the front porch of Mr. John T. Johnson’s early 1860’s cobbler shop seen with a hanging basket of tulips.

I hope that you have or had an opportunity to get out and checkout today’s May Day flower baskets,

Glenn

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Annapolis Maryland Blog Photograph • A 1903 Dutch Colonial Revival Style House Near Old Womans Cove • Saturday April 30th 2016

A Barn Like Gambrel End

1903 Dutch Colonial Architecture Near Old Womans Cove in Annapolis Maryland April 30th 2016

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A farmhouse like style with Dutch Colonial Revival influences is perhaps an appropriate description for this 1903 post Victorian era house in the Murray Hill neighborhood of Annapolis Maryland. Actually I find it more barn like, at least its facade.

Located on a lot purchased by Mr. Hugh Riley from Mr. James Murray, the developer if you would of the Murray Hill neighborhood of the City back in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, this yellow stucco finished residence and its white picket fence still project an early 1900’s farmhouse ambiance even to a casual passerby.

Have a nice evening,

Glenn

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Annapolis Maryland Blog Photograph • A Sailboat Underway on the Harbor While Passing Off Ricketts Hall at the US Naval Academy • Friday April 29th 2016

A Cool and Overcast Morning

A Sailboat Makes Its Way Along the Harbor Past Ricketts Hall at the US Naval Academy in Annapolis Maryland April 29th 2016

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While not the best weather conditions for one to be sailing today, what with the cool temperatures and overcast skies, but then again being out on the water certainly beats a day behind the desk anytime. Today’s featured photograph is of a lone sailboat making its way along Annapolis Harbor while passing off Ricketts Hall at the US Naval Academy.

Have a good weekend everyone,

Glenn

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Annapolis Maryland Blog Photograph • Late 19th Century Victorian Architecture Yet With A Faux Mansard Character • Thursday April 28th 2016

In Addition to German Weatherboard

Later 19th Century Victorian Architecture With A Faux Mansard Character on a Rainy Day in Annapolis Maryland April 28th 2016

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Located at the intersection of two of the oldest known streets in Annapolis Maryland this late 19th century Victorian style house always seemed a bit odd, from an architectural style standpoint that is, during my years walking past it. Built in the early 1890’s it is clad in German Weatherboard on both its facade and sides that is recognizable in each piece’s short rise and rounded bottom edge.

German weatherboard is one of the more labor intensive sidings to apply given the number of boards required per vertical foot along with the attention required by the installer to maintain straight horizontal board seams. Actually I still remember my introduction to the siding on this house years ago when I was taking photographs of its facade. A gentleman was passing by at the time and asked if I had noticed the detail in the siding. When I said no he kindly stopped and for 20 minutes or so shared with me the details and history of the the siding itself as well as the more practical benefits of using it – think better insulation.

As I stood in the midday rain checking out the siding once again I began to follow it upwards from the porch to where it ends at the top of the second story. From there I looked even further up past the wooden shakes on the third story as far as the roofline. I then realized that it was the Mansard roof and its two dormers that were the architectural elements out of place. It seems when originally built this house had a side facing gable roof like others on the street. It was later, during the early 20th century, when the roof was altered to provide for a full height attic level, in other words an expanded third floor that included today’s faux mansard roof facade.

So after so many years I had not been looking high enough up to see what was architecturally out of place on this house, now I know.

Have a good afternoon,

Glenn

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Annapolis Maryland Blog Photograph – Blooming Flowers in the Churchyard on a Rainy Spring Morning – Wednesday April 27th 2016

Flowers & Rain

A Colorful Churchyard Flower Garden on a Rainy Spring Morning in Annapolis Maryland April 27th 2016

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I found myself captivated not only by the assortment of colors in this downtown Annapolis churchyard garden but also how one could seemingly make out each drop of rain on every flower petal as well.

It certainly was an inspiring way to spend one’s morning for sure.

Have a nice day,

Glenn

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Annapolis Maryland Blog Photograph – One of Five Late 19th Century Rowhouses Built By Naval Academy Carpenter Isaac N. Morehouse – Tuesday April 26th 2016

1880’s Federal Architecture

Shade and Sunshine in the Afternoon at the1880  Isaac Morehouse House in Annapolis Maryland April 26th 2016

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It wasn’t until after today’s featured photograph had been taken that I realized the subject of it, a late 19th century Federal style house, had been built by Mr. Isaac N. Morehouse. Who is Isaac Morehouse one might ask? Mr. Morehouse was employed as a carpenter at the US Naval Academy back in the mid to late 19th century. In addition to his regular USNA employment he seemed to have kept busy for he built not only his own house in 1878, click here to view the September 2015 photo post featuring it, but also five smaller rowhouses that he sold upon their respective completion during the 1880’s.

One of those rowhouses is featured above and is representative of Vernacular Federal architecture, a style that was often used by builders in the Annapolis Historic District during both the 19th and early 20th centuries. Completed in the mid 1880’s this house and lot were in turn sold to Estelle Carter for $1,400 with Mr. Morehouse having paid $150 for the property itself at a trustee sale in 1881. The rowhouse features Italianate design elements such as the carved brackets along the cornice yet retains its facade of squared wooden shakes often used in Vernacular construction.

Actually all five of the rowhouses built by Mr. Morehouse were located on lots either adjacent to or across the street from his own house.

Have a pleasant afternoon,

Glenn

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