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Annapolis Maryland Blog Photograph • Weathered Wood Shakes Adorn a 1930 American Foursquare Style House • Thursday January 19th 2017

Early 20th Century Murray Hill Architecture

Weathered Wood Shakes Adorn a 1930 American Foursquare Style House in Annapolis Maryland January 19th 2017

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While standing in front of this Murray Hill neighborhood house earlier in the day I certainly understood how its architectural style could be referred to at times as that of a Prairie Box. Of course its more well known designation is that of Foursquare, a popular American residential architectural design used during the 1890s through the early 1930s. Actually the early 20th century Murray Hill neighborhood here in the City is a great place to checkout examples of both American Foursquare houses as well as its architectural antithesis late Victorian ones.

As for today’s featured house it possesses the more typical characteristics of the American Foursquare style including a box like shape, hip roof, oversized centered dormer, along with a full width front porch. This particular house though is a bit unique in that it has a half octagonal side stacked bay and is adorned in weathered looking wooden shakes. As a related aside most of the Foursquare style houses in this Annapolis neighborhood are covered in concrete stucco, once again making this residence just a little different in appearance what with its wood shingle exterior walls.

Simple architectural lines, an absence of ornate exterior details and relatively straightforward to build during its time help in further defining this uniquely early 20th century American residential architectural style.

Have a nice afternoon,

Glenn

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Annapolis Maryland Blog Photograph • 1770 Thomas Callahan House Front Steps and Landing • Wednesday January 18th 2017

Painted Bricks and a Slate Gambrel Roof

1770 Thomas Callahan House Front Steps and Landing in Annapolis Maryland January 18th 2017

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Within the context of this northwest perspective of the 1770 Thomas Callahan House featured above I must admit to actually liking its white brick exterior wall, for as regular readers of this blog might already know I’m not an aficionado of painted bricks on historical buildings by any means; regardless of the color used.

Perhaps my sense of appreciation for this particular Annapolis Historic District 18th century facade is due in part to the seemingly crisp contrast between its white brick exterior wall and the weathered black slate gambrel roof. Oh well there can be at times an occasional exception to one’s likes or dislikes even when it applies to historical architecture, at least this turned out to be the case today.

Have a pleasant afternoon,

Glenn

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Annapolis Maryland Blog Photograph • Gnarly Looking Indeed For its Similar to if Not Actually a Contorted Filbert Tree • Tuesday January 17th 2017

Possessing Three Quite Appropriate Names

Gnarly Looking Indeed For its Similar if Not Actually a Contorted Filbert Tree in Annapolis Maryland January 17th 2017

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During a brief walk in the light afternoon rain here in Annapolis I came across this unusually gnarly looking tree, actually more of a bush in appearance, and found myself perplexed as to its proper name. While I’m sure that more informed suggestions will be forth coming yet for now let me share my own thoughts about its identity.

Its scientific classification I believe is Corylus Americana or Eastern North American Hazel. A variety of other names could be applicable as well including Corkscrew Hazel, Contorted Filbert and Walking Stick Contorta.

Quite frankly its not a very picturesque tree or bush to photograph and even more so all three previous noted names are appropriately descriptive of it that’s for sure.

Have a good day,

Glenn

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Annapolis Maryland Blog Photograph • Banneker-Douglass Museum Sign on Franklin Street • Monday January 16th 2017

Honoring Two Noted Maryland African-Americans

Banneker-Douglass Museum Sign on Franklin Street in Annapolis Maryland January 16th 2017

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Earlier today on the anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King’s birthday I took a walk over to the Banneker-Douglass Museum on Franklin Street here in Annapolis Maryland. The museum itself is dedicated to two accomplished Maryland African-Americans both of whom were quite influential in the social justice movement during their respective lifetimes.

While not my first visit to the former Mount Moriah AME Church its c1870 Gothic Revival presence, located just down the street from Church Circle, is certainly architecturally significant. However even more so are the respective contributions of its present day name bearers in the fields of 18th century science and racial equality – Benjamin Banneker, as well as social public discourse concerning human rights – Frederick Douglass.

Perhaps considered a bit off the typical tourist path in Annapolis the Banneker-Douglass Museum is well worth visiting both from a distinctive architecture standpoint, as well as for its historical role in the African-American community in the City and State of Maryland.

Today’s photograph is one that I took of the museum sign set above Franklin Street on the north side of the original church building.

Have a very pleasant afternoon,

Glenn

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Annapolis Maryland Blog Photograph • Transient Sailboat Harborside on a Winter Afternoon • Sunday January 15th 2017

Clouds Beneath a Blue Sky Over the Harbor

Transient Sailboat Harborside on a Winter Afternoon in Annapolis Maryland January 15th 2017

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With the late morning temperatures in Annapolis around 40 degrees I took up a position on Horn Point so as to observe a class of two dozen sailing school dinghies practicing their skills on the Severn River. With the winds out of the NNE at 5 knots the class as a whole could be seen executing their tacking maneuvers in an almost rhythm like manner coming about time and time again. Frostbite sailing seems to have become more popular in the local sailing community here of late, rather than an exception.

Over along the harbor things were by most appearances relatively quiet with hardly any maritime traffic to be seen. Scanning along the nearby shorelines more than half of the marina docks not hosting live aboards were empty. In addition there were no more than two transient boats tied up on the Eastport side of the harbor, themselves possibly still en route to warmer waters as I would like to be for sure.

Enjoy the rest of the afternoon everyone,

Glenn

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Annapolis Maryland Blog Photograph • Circa 1800 Federal Style Townhouse with Victorian Details on a Rainy Morning • Saturday January 14th 2017

Freestanding on a Prominent Corner

1800s Federal Style Townhouse with Victorian Details on a Rainy Morning in Annapolis Maryland January 14th 2017

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At first glance this Historic District building seems like other early 1800s Federal style ones in Annapolis with a couple of exceptions, the first being it features a brick exterior rather than frame, which was the norm during the period it was built. The second difference or exception to its overall Federal exterior is the decorative cornice along with the facade window caps that both represent more of a late 19th century Victorian style, as do the sets of decorative brackets.

From a historical standpoint researchers have noted the building’s date of construction to be anywhere from 1800 to the 1870s, although I tend to go with the older dating. I’m somewhat reluctant to refer to this building as a house due to it being registered as a commercial property for the last 25 years. Certainly it was originally built as a residence, although early on it perhaps served for both business and residential uses such as living quarters above a neighborhood store.

As an aside I remember back in 2010, its exterior was then painted a Williamsburg Blue, when this same building might been an inn or bed and breakfast. In any case it remains on a prominent City corner where it has for over 200 years and can be found just east of the St. John’s College campus. Consider checking it out the next time you’re in the area because it really is a neat old building for sure.

Have a good day,

Glenn

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Annapolis Maryland Blog Photograph • The Circa 1880 Late Federal Style John M Gesner House • Friday January 13th 2017

A Narrow Three Bay Facade

The Circa 1880 Late Federal Style John M Gesner House in Annapolis Maryland January 13th 2017

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As I was walking along a Historic District street earlier in the afternoon, specifically the one where the house featured above is located, I had to stop for a moment and wonder to myself did everyone living in this Annapolis neighborhood during the 1870s through the 1920s either work at, or were assigned to, the US Naval Academy?

Over the years of photographing historical houses in the City I have come across the former residences of USNA stone masons, sword masters, carpenters, watchmen, instructors, ground keepers, cooks, musicians, boiler plant operators, and of course active members of the Navy assigned to the Academy. In addition I have also featured houses that were built for active duty Naval officers who went on to retire or return to Annapolis after their respective tours of duty were completed. Oh there was even one house built by the wife of a retired Naval officer so that she could be close to her son while he was attending the Academy, though she and her husband lived in Washington DC.

Anyway passing by this c1880 late Federal style house only served to further substantiate my previously noted recollections for Mr. John M. Gesner, a musician in the USNA Band during the late 19th century, was perhaps the house’s original occupant. At least the deed and census records of the era suggest that Mr. Gesner originally rented this then newly built house in 1880, or another one nearby, and then went on to purchase this house in 1884.

From an architectural perspective it is a basic late Federal style house, although I would add that two of its exterior design features make its street front appearance somewhat unique. The first being even though the house is relatively narrow it could appropriately be referred to as a three bay style. Second the two large dormers along the house’s gable roofline are certainly disproportionate to the house’s size, and in addition both dormers have elliptical shaped caps – an unusual feature.

Finally on a personal note this house also reminds me of one that a friend of mine, Poodle a.k.a. Peggy, lived in on Grove Avenue in the Fan years ago. If your reading today’s post Poodle let me know if you also agree.

Have a good weekend,

Glenn

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