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Annapolis Maryland Blog Photograph • Front Doors of Captain Maybury’s Circa 1770 Tavern and 1790 Inn • Thursday June 22nd 2017

1770 Georgian and 1850 Federal & Italianate Influences

Front Doors to Captain Maybury's Circa 1770 Tavern and 1790 Inn in Annapolis Maryland June 22nd 2017

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Even with my proclivity for Annapolis historical architecture, which I exercise on my daily walks so too speak, I have on occasion passed by a City building or residence without having noted a seemingly obvious and interesting design detail. This was almost the case earlier in the morning as I was passing by Captain Maybury’s former circa 1770 Inn.

Actually the late 18th century captain’s inn has been a source of frustration for me over the years due to its second story facade being visually cluttered, read utility wires everywhere, making an unencumbered front photograph of it impossible, without the use of serious image alterations. Such a shame for the building features an interesting mix of original 18th century Georgian architecture blended with Federal and Italianate details, the latter two being the result of early and mid 19th century renovations. Also to the building’s detriment is its period Flemish bond painted brick work, in this particular case grey.

As to the house’s early history it was built for a Captain Beriah Maybury about 1770 being five bays in width and is located on a somewhat narrow Historic District street. According to research documents Captain Maybury’s original use for his then completed building was that of a tavern that provided drink, food, lodging, and stables for travelers to the City. Known originally as the Kings’ Arms Inn it is believed that Captain Maybury was its proprietor. By the early 1790s the inn was renamed by Captain Maybury to the Inn at the Sign of the Golden Scales which he would also operate until his passing in 1799.

Soon after Captain Maybury’s death and settlement of his estate the inn was converted into a single family residence. Members of the Maybury family would own the house over the course of the 19th century. As previously noted the house was renovated, actually twice, during the 19th century that included the construction of a rear addition and later the transformation of the windows, facade and roof incorporating various degrees of Federal and Italianate architectural features.

Actually standing outside these same double doors earlier in the morning I envisioned Captain Maybury standing in the doorway back almost 250 years ago so as to greet a group of weary out of town visitors having just arrived at the inn needing both refreshments and rest.

Have a good afternoon,

Glenn

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Annapolis Maryland Blog Photograph • Sailboat and Skiff Docked Along the Harbor at the SSA Early Morning • Wednesday June 21st 2017

A Severn Sailing Association Gathering

Sailboat and Skiff Docked Along the Harbor at the SSA Early Morning in Annapolis Maryland June 21st 2017

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At last summer has arrived in Annapolis for it is now truly shorts, t-shirts and sandals – or boat shoes if you prefer, weather for at least the next three months. Actually that has been my daily attire for the last six to eight weeks, just as it was this morning.

In keeping with the season’s arrival runners and cyclists were out early this morning, as were the companions of four legged friends, with all three groups traversing the waterfront and streets of the Historic District along with those in Eastport. As a matter of fact I recalled seeing a few of the same runners and cyclists on both sides of the great divide, the harbor, for I spent parts of the morning both downtown as well as in the MRE.

Perhaps indicative of both the time of day and the arrival of summer this Severn Sailing Association dockside setting caught my attention for it features popular water conveyances such as a sailboat, skiff and standup paddle board, with the last two tied or set on respectively a floating dock. Hey the reflections on the water were kind of nice as well.

Have a great summer everyone,

Glenn

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Annapolis Maryland Blog Photograph • Scampi Hued Wood Shakes Adorn a c1890 Historic District House • Tuesday June 20th 2017

I Only Associated it with a Shrimp Dish

Scampi Hued Wood Shakes Adorn a c1890 Historic District House in Annapolis Maryland June 20th 2017

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While I am sure that I will be questioned and/or disagreed with, especially when I post this on the Friends of Annapolis Facebook Group page later, however based on a lunchtime worth of research the wood shakes on this circa 1890 Vernacular style house are painted the color Scampi. Yes there is such a color, in fact for all of you design types there is actually a Pantone color swatch for it, more than a few variations of it in fact. Heck I just thought it was only associated a shrimp dish.

None the less I realized on my morning walk in the Annapolis Historic District earlier that I had never featured this particular house over the years. Although it has been part of a streetscape photo post of mine a year or so ago it has never been presented individually. The house itself shows no visible architectural style influences per say, however it is believed that both the porch and four panel front door, painted a shade of yellow – no I’m not even going there after using Scampi, are original.

Well i will now let those who wish to share with me, as well as other readers of this blog, that the wood shakes of the house are purple, lavender or perhaps even violet.

Enjoy the rest of the day,

Glenn

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Annapolis Maryland Blog Photograph • Out Early in the Morning Crabbing on the Severn River • Monday June 19th 2017

Just After Sunrise from Chinks Point

Out Early in the Morning Crabbing on the Severn River in Annapolis Maryland June 19th 2017

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During the spring and summer months getting in a bit of crabbing along the waters off Annapolis early in the morning can be part of one’s daily routine. From Chinks Point and Bembe Beach I watched as mostly individually piloted skiffs made their way onto the Severn River in their quest to catch Chesapeake Bay Blue Crabs. In the case of this particular vessel one could make out a single crab pot on board, as well a line hauler rig, both of them located on its starboard side and seemingly at the ready to snag the day’s catch.

Taken about a half hour or so after sunrise the pastel red clouds past the Bay Bridge provided a subdued contrast with the copper tinted waters of the Severn River and Chesapeake Bay.

As an aside, as well as in keeping with my photography style, today’s photographs is presented as is without the use of a lens filter nor any post color adjustments for these were the same colors that I too experienced at the time it was taken.

Have a good week,

Glenn

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Annapolis Maryland Blog Photograph • Red Doors on a Circa 1925 Garage in the Morning Shade • Sunday June 18th 2017

A Seemingly Barn Like Ambiance

Red Doors on a Circa 1925 Garage in the Morning Shade Annapolis Maryland Historic District June 18th 2017

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I actually came across this quaint looking garage during a morning walk in the Annapolis Historic District early last week. Recognizing it then as a setting I photographed four or five years ago yet for some reason it appeared different here of late. No I thought at the time it wasn’t the red hued barn style doors so it must be something else that I just could not quite place on that particular day.

Upon returning from a fairly long walk to West Annapolis this morning I happened across this same garage and decided to stop for a bit in order to ponder what was different about it today. Raising my camera in order to take a photograph of it the proverbial light came on in my mind. For you see nothing had changed in this setting as the door has always been red, to the best of my knowledge, nor has the garage’s stucco clad exterior been painted a different color, no it was simply that my perception of its setting has changed over the years.

Taking a moment to readjust my position at the end of the house’s brick paver driveway I took this single photograph, though today I brought more of the flanking shrubbery into the viewfinder, along with the columns supporting the small pediment roof over the house’s side door. Reevaluating my position a couple of times, moving to the right side of the driveway occasionally, I came to the conclusion that this was the best perspective of the garage in which to photograph.

As an aside before I continued on with my walk the name of the family responsible for having the attached house and this garage built in the mid 1920s came to mind that being the Caslers, Moreau and Berth. The couple would own their 1920s Colonial Revival style house for a relatively short time having sold it by 1927. Interesting enough Moreau Calser was a local photographer of the day, sadly thought he would later take his own life with a firearm.

Until tomorrow then,

Glenn

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Annapolis Maryland Blog Photograph • Late 18th and Early 19th Century Federal Style Architecture on Church Street • Saturday June 17th 2017

The Exterior Colors are Quite Distinctive

Late 18th and Early 19th Century Federal Style Architecture on Church Street in Annapolis Maryland June 17th 2017

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I actually had hoped to have taken a photograph of these two buildings at 113 and 115 Main Street, left to right respectively, well before today. I must say though that with vehicles constantly parked along the curb in front of it, as well as the seemingly daily presence of dozens of trash cans on the sidewalk each morning over the years, it has been quite a long wait indeed. In any event after having taken this photograph earlier I came to feel that yet another item can now be checked off my Annapolis historical architecture bucket list.

Certainly most readers will recognize this Main Street commercial facade, or perhaps an incarnation of it from years past, as for myself I tend to note its owner’s choice of exterior colors each time that I pass by it these days for they make me think of Christmas.

A couple of things about both buildings, first of all the shorter two story one on the left was built in 1790 for a Mr. John Allen Quynn, while its wider and taller neighbor was constructed for a Mr. Gideon White during the first part of the 1800s.

Both buildings today represent the Federal style of architecture, although the larger one featured the Second Empire style when a Mansard roof was added to it in the late 19th century. That same roof style was present in 1967 when the Rose and Crown Inn was located here as well as thru Fran O’Brien’s Restaurant presence during the 1970s and 80s.

Today both buildings sport a sheet metal clad Gable style roof that is more in keeping with its red painted brick facade. It is also interesting how O’brien’s exterior is similar to that of its sister restaurant on Market Space, the Middleton Tavern, although Middleton is painted more of a red clay color.

In any case today these 18th and 19th century buildings project a Federal ambiance out on Main Street. Oh I almost forgot to mention that Church Street was the name for Main Street in the 1700s.

Have a good day,

Glenn

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Annapolis Maryland Blog Photograph • Mallard Duck Seemingly Unfazed by a Passing Kayak in the Morning • Friday June 16th 2017

Light Traffic on Ego Alley

Mallard Duck Seemingly Unfazed by a Passing Kayak in the Morning Annapolis Maryland June 16th 2017

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I must say that I have never been able to get this close to a Mallard Duck while kayaking down Ego Alley here in Annapolis before our unplanned earlier meetup. Yes I know that others have been able to entice certain resident ducks to come fairly close by offering up scraps of food, people kind not duck kind, which itself is not a healthy thing for the ducks.

In any event without a female of the species in sight this lone male appeared relatively indifferent to my nearby presence, although I do admit to having stopped paddling prior to our close encounter and sort of drifted about on the water along side of him for a few minutes.

Eventually he turned to port and I to starboard so as to make my way back up the the “alley” in order to meet a friend paddling their way over from Spa Creek, and the duck well I didn’t know what his plans for the rest of the morning were.

Have a good weekend,

Glenn

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