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Annapolis Experience Blog Picture Of The Day – 1870 Italianate Architecture And The Emergence Of School Street In The Very Early 18th Century – Friday July 3rd 2015

Annapolis Streetscapes

The Emergence Of School Street From State Circle In Annapolis Maryland July 3rd 2015

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Present day School Street consists of five buildings and perhaps represents indirectly one of the legacies of 17th century Maryland Governor Francis Nicholson. Governor Nicholson played a large role in planning the overall layout of today’s Annapolis Historic District including State and Church Circles as well as the streets emanating outward from them. In addition the building of the first Maryland State House and St. Anne’s Church on two of the highest points of land in the then newly designated capital can be attributed to Governor Nicholson as well.

In addition to his previously noted administrative accomplishments Nicholson believed in the institution of education. To that end he led efforts to establish Maryland’s first school in the late 17th century and it is said that he personally donated funding for it. The first classes were held in an existing residence on Francis Street with the school itself known as King William’s School, the predecessor to present day St. John’s College. In the early 18th century a dedicated school building was built on land adjacent to the State House in an area near current day School Street. Historical research indicates that in part due to the first State House fire classes were later held in a building located on School Street itself.

The above featured grey frame building was built in 1870 and is of an Italianate design that is said to have replaced a previous 18th century brick one that was located on the very same lot. In any event this 19th century structure first served as a residence, later a law office and during the first part of the 20th century as business offices for nearby apartments. During the late 1940’s the building was converted into apartments and then in more recent times, the early 1980’s, it was incorporated into an adjacent historic Inn where it continues to be used for guest rooms.

Yes even the shortest streets of Annapolis abound with history, some of it 300 years old.

Have a good day and a safe holiday weekend everyone,

Glenn

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Annapolis Experience Blog Picture Of The Day – An Expansive Oak Tree Shades The South Grounds Of The Government House – Thursday July 2nd 2015

Annapolis Gardens and Trees

An Expansive Oak Tree Shades The Southwest Garden Of The Government House In Annapolis Maryland July 2nd 2015

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It is not that today is actually all that warm, humid for sure, none the less I felt that a scoop or two of ice cream would hit the spot so I set off from West Street heading to Annapolis Ice Cream.

Having not yet selected today’s featured photograph I opted to take Church Circle around past the Government House, pausing for moment or so in order to one, welcome Governor Hogan back to Annapolis in a spiritual way after his cancer treatment sessions, and two take a few pictures.

Standing across Church Circle at St. Anne’s Church the sight of this expansive oak tree, featured above, caught my eye for I never realized just how much of a presence it had there adjacent to the Government House Garden. Actually it is so large that it blocks the sight of the Maryland State House located just up School Street on the right side.

In any event Governor Hogan may I suggest that as your strength returns consider taking a walk in the garden at your residence, especially with the shade from this oak tree available to keep you comfortable.

I would like to ask everyone, regardless of one’s politics, to keep Governor Hogan and his family in your thoughts and prayers,

Glenn

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Annapolis Experience Blog Picture Of The Day – Young Sailors Maneuvering Off St. Mary’s Cove Near The Eastport Bridge – Wednesday July 1st 2015

Sailing In Annapolis

Young Sailors Honing Their Skills Of St Marys Cove On Spa Creek In Annapolis Maryland July 1st 2015

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Featured above is perhaps what a number of us consider to be a normal sign of Summer in Annapolis as these young sailors practice their skills and techniques on the waters off St. Mary’s Cove near the Eastport Bridge.

I would add that activities such as this one reaffirm the belief that Annapolis truly is America’s Sailing Capital,

Glenn

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Annapolis Experience Blog Picture Of The Day – The Chancellor Johnson House Circa 1720 • St. John’s College – Tuesday June 30th 2015

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Chancellor Johnson House Circa 1720 St Johns College Annapolis Maryland June 30th 2015

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Over my years of visually documenting historic as well as noteworthy buildings and residences in Annapolis I never realized, until earlier today, that I had not featured a photograph of the historic Chancellor Johnson House on the campus of St. John’s College.

Featuring a Gambrel roof this former residence was one of the earliest buildings in the City incorporating that particular type of architectural design element. Constructed in 1720 on a Northwest Street lot near the Maryland State House it was purchased in 1778 by an Allen Quynn, Mayor of Annapolis 1773-1780, where he lived until his passing in 1821. In 1831 a Mr. John Johnson, Jr., who served as Chancellor of Maryland during the mid 1800’s, purchased the house where he and his family resided until 1918.

In the late 1930’s, over 210 years after its construction, the house was slated for demolition, a common occurrence in the City’s during those pre Anne St. Clair Wright days, but fortunately the building was deeded to St. John’s College which in turn had it moved a block or so to a location on campus just off St. John’s Street.

Historic architecture certainly abounds here in Maryland’s Capital on the Chesapeake Bay,

Glenn

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Annapolis Experience Blog Picture Of The Day – Midday Sunshine Set Behind Scattered Clouds Over The Chesapeake Bay – Monday June 29th 2015

Sunshine Over The Chesapeake Bay

Midday Sunshine Behind The Clouds Over The Chesapeake Bay Off Annapolis Maryland June 29th 2015

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Wow today’s midday sunshine has certainly been bright over the Chesapeake Bay off Annapolis. Even with the broken clouds scattered across the sky the sun’s rays have been reflecting off the surface of the Bay with a mirror like intensity that is almost blinding to the eye.

So put on your Ray Bans and head outside so as to enjoy the rest of the afternoon for it is simply fantastic outside,

Glenn

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Annapolis Experience Blog Picture Of The Day – Many Years Ago It Was Lined With Carriage Houses and Stables Today Its Fences and Flowers – Sunday June 28th 2015

Alleys & Lanes Of Annapolis

A Flowering Bush Where Stables Once Stood Many Years Ago In Annapolis Maryland June 28th 2015

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Having taken a shortcut between two rather heavily traveled streets I found myself conjuring up images of horse drawn carriages and stable boys caring for their charges in Annapolis hundreds of years ago. You see the alley or lane that I opted to traverse serves as a venue for six residential backyards dating from the mid 18th and 19th centuries. This narrow walkway is today bordered by residential fences, gates, bushes, and flowers an example of which can be seen above.

As I was enjoying the walk along a shaded garden like passageway I began to remember that one of the brick structures bordering this alley served as a well known 18th century Annapolis social club where well healed men discussed culture and politics. The areas to the east and west of the social club featured somewhat grand or at least well proportioned residences where occupants would certainly have traveled by horse drawn carriage.

So it came to me that what with the alleyway’s moniker and its location off a three century old Annapolis street this lane and its adjoining rear yard area was the location of horse stables as well as carriage houses for nearby residents many years ago. Well it can be said that the flowering bushes lining this alleyway on an early Summer day must certainly smell better than the horses in the stables did so many years ago.

Have a pleasant afternoon everyone,

Glenn

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Annapolis Experience Blog Picture Of The Day – It Seems That A Little Rain Will Not Stop At Least One Sailor – Saturday June 27th 2015

Sailing Annapolis

A Sailboat Makes Its Way Along Lower Spa Creek In The Rain Annapolis Maryland June 27th 2015

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There seemed to be at least one sailor that was determined to get in a bit of time on the water before the more disruptive weather arrives in Annapolis. With the rain falling on Spa Creek and thunderstorms in the forecast I myself will be making it more of an indoor type of day.

Have a good day everyone,

Glenn

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