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Annapolis Maryland Blog Photograph • Reconstituted 18th Century Victualling Waterfront Warehouse on Old Church Street • Friday March 24th 2017

Rebuilt in the Years Following a 1790 Bakery Fire

Publisher’s Note: This photo journal entry features the fourteenth period building or house to be included in the 18th Century Architecture of Annapolis Series. In the future as weather conditions, natural lighting and an absence of location clutter permits additional buildings and houses from the 1700s will be posted as well. The goal in assembling this annotated collection of my photographs and curated content related to these 18th century structures is to present each of the 90 or so 1700’s historical buildings found in the City of Annapolis today. Each of the previously posted entries in this collection are available here.

Reconstituted 18th Century Victualling Waterfront Warehouse on Old Church Street in Annapolis Maryland March 24th 2017

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While the reconstituted centuries old waterfront warehouse featured above was rebuilt in the early 19th century I have included it in this collection of 18th century Annapolis architecture series not only for its 250 year old pedigree but also that parts of its current foundation and exterior walls date back to the 1700s.

From a chronological perspective the original warehouse was built on land first owned by Mr. Amos Garrett, noted for being the first Mayor of Annapolis Maryland. Dr. Charles Carroll, Jr. purchased the land from the former’s estate in 1737 for the sum of 350 pounds. In the 1740’s Dr. Charles Carroll, Jr. sold the land to Mr. Daniel Dulaney the Elder, a business associate of Dr. Charles Carroll, Jr., who in turn would transfer its ownership to one of his sons, Walter Dulaney, in 1748. Records from that period indicated that multiple warehouses existed along the waterfront area at lower Church Street, one of which being Mr. Walter Dulaney’s and was referred to as the “Prize House” where wooden hogsheads were filled with tobacco prior to shipment abroad.

At the onset of the Revolutionary War Walter Dulaney, a British Loyalist though having served as Mayor of Annapolis, was a victim of the heated political climate of the period impacting both his property holdings and business dealings. Mr. Dulaney’s waterfront building was appropriated and used by local authorities as a victualing warehouse for the storage and distribution of food stocks to the Continental Army. After the war most of the property of British Loyalists in Maryland would be confiscated by the state government, including Mr. Dulaney’s warehouse. In 1785 a Mr. William Wilkins, an Annapolis merchant of the day, gained title to the warehouse and lot of Mr. Dulaney, having purchased it from the State of Maryland for 1,400 pounds.

Disaster struck the 18th century warehouse when a fire occurred on lower Church Street, today Main Street, on January 21st 1790 originating in a bakery that caused extensive damage to houses as well as warehouses along the block, Mr. Wilkins included. An article in the Maryland Gazette at that time reported that most of the structures in the area burned to the ground. Mr. Wilkins opted to not rebuild on his lot(s) and would go on to sell them for 100 pounds in 1810 to Mr. John and George Barber.

The Barber’s undertook having a replacement warehouse and store built on their recently acquired lot using parts of the original warehouse’s foundation, as well as sections of its former brick exterior walls and debris leftover from the fire. It is the Barber’s warehouse and store built in the early 1800s that one sees today in downtown Annapolis where Main and Compromise Streets meet. The Barber’s would go on to operate their business out of the rebuilt warehouse, that included a shipping service to Baltimore, until the mid 1820s when John Barber passed away. Afterwards in 1822 Mr. John and Adam Miller, also City merchants, leased the warehouse and store of the Barbers continuing to do so until 1837, when it was listed for sale after the passing of George Barber, though it would not come to be sold until the early 1850s.

In 1852 a Mr. Nicholas Kilman purchased the buildings and land from the Barber Estate where he not only resided but also operated his store called “Noah’s Ark“. As an aside the warehouse at this time was three stories in height, not the two as seen today. Unfortunately though in 1864 there was yet another fire in the warehouse causing extensive damage to its third floor as well as throughout the interior. Mr. Kilman would go on to repair his warehouse and store after the fire, although the third floor was not rebuilt. Mr. Kilman died in 1870, although the settlement of his estate was not completed until 1890. It was during the final settlement that the adjoining wood frame building and lot that Mr. Kilman also owned, today the Annapolis Summer Theater building, was deeded separately from the warehouse and sold off to a separate buyer.

Since the late 19th century this former tobacco prize or victualing warehouse building has served as the location for a variety of commercial concerns as well as residential dwellings. Over the course of the last decade or so the former warehouse was the location for the Historic Annapolis Museum Store, then briefly a retail clothing store and today the Capital Teas store, formerly located on Cornhill Street in an 18th century building as well.

I’ll conclude today’s post by restating that most of this lower Main Street brick building dates to the early 19th century. However on the other hand the original building located here in the 1700s has a strong association with Annapolis Colonial History and in addition construction materials as well certain building elements from Mr. Dulaney’s 18th century waterfront warehouse are incorporated into the reconstituted brick structure seen here today.

Have a good weekend,

Glenn

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Annapolis Maryland Blog Photograph • The Warm Glow of Foyer Lights and a Friendly Door Mat Early in the Morning • Thursday March 23rd 2017

Sidelights and Transom of a c1870 Italianate Door

The Warm Glow of Foyer Lights and a Friendly Door Mat Early in the Morning in Annapolis Maryland March 23rd 2017

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Walking along near the Naval Academy earlier this morning I decided to revisit one particular nearby street, which as an aside had the powers to be in the Navy Department had their way years back this same street would not be lined with grand looking 19th century as well as a couple of quite notable 18th century houses today, rather each of them would have been demolished to further the expansion of the Academy more than a century ago.

All of that being said I passed by the c1870 Henrietta Lewis House as dawn slowly make way for sunrise in Annapolis when I took note of the decorative panels on its 19th century Italianate style front door. In addition the darkness of the hour accented the warm glow of the foyer’s lights emanating out through both the door’s flanking sidelights as well as its divided transom. However what I found a bit humorous though was the greeting stenciled in the door mat, that being ‘Howdy‘, which was short and friendly as well as welcoming indeed.

I have always found it nice to start one’s day with a smile to which this early morning setting certainly provided one.

Have a pleasant day,

Glenn

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Annapolis Maryland Blog Photograph • St. Mary’s Church Steeple Rises Over Empty Waterfront Docks Along the Harbor • Wednesday March 22nd 2017

Cityscape from a Whaler

St. Mary's Church Steeple Rises Over Empty Waterfront Docks Along the Harbor in Annapolis Maryland on March 22nd 2017

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When Eric called me this morning asking if I would accompany him in his Whaler across the harbor at lunchtime to help tow back a used inflatable he recently purchased I didn’t hesitate for a moment and immediately said yes. Of course if I had thought the whole thing through then I would have suggested to him that since its kind of windy out today why not do it on Friday, when its supposed to be in the 60s. Nope not me, I reacted as I normally do when a friend needs a hand for any boat or water oriented task, its helping friends move where I actually draw the line.

Anyway I met Eric at his Eastport dock just after 12:30 and within minutes we were on our way, oh as an aside I would say the winds were gusting at that time in the high teens, brr. After motoring beneath the Eastport Bridge it wasn’t long before we reached the Truxton Park docks, where Eric’s new/used inflatable was easy to spot for upon catching sight of it I wondered whether it would float long enough to be towed back to Eastport. After having had secured the tow line we were once again on our way, as I began to curse myself for not having brought my gloves with me instead of just wearing my watch cap.

Passing once again beneath the Eastport Bridge Eric suddenly turned to port and began to make his way along the mostly empty docks of the still fire damaged Annapolis Yacht Club shouting back at me “why aren’t they working on it?” to which I kind of shrugged my shoulders in response. After a few more minutes Eric began to turn back towards the Eastport side of the Harbor which is when I decided that the empty docks of both the Yacht Club and Yacht Basin had the makings of a good photograph, what with St. Mary’s Church Steeple seemingly rising above them both. Yes it would make for a good Annapolis cityscape as well I thought while pulling the camera out of its bag and immediately snapping off two photographs of the waterfront. Ten minutes afterwards we were back at Eric’s dock and yes the inflatable remained afloat for some strange reason, perhaps divine intervention.

Let me also say that I’m glad to have gotten this photograph earlier, however even now as I finish up this post my hands are still a bit numb, and by the way my gloves were in the car I simply failed to grab them before we left.

Have a good day,

Glenn

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Annapolis Maryland Blog Photograph • Current Selections Available on the Steps of the Cornhill Street Free Library • Tuesday March 21st 2017

Books for the Taking Outside this c1790 House

Current Selections Available on the Steps of the Cornhill Street Free Library in Annapolis Maryland March 21st 2017

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The City of Baltimore promotes itself at times as the “City that Reads“, or snarky derivatives thereof, yet as I walked up Cornhill Street in the Historic District this morning I could see that Annapolis certainly does as well. For it was there on the steps outside the circa 1790 Samuel Hutton House that seven books had been set out for passersby to peruse through as well as checkout if you would, all without a library card. Heck there were even two miniature Foo Dog figurines set on the far right of the middle step adding a bit of Asian kitchyness to these impromptu bookshelves.

Have a pleasant afternoon everyone,

Glenn

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Annapolis Maryland Blog Photograph • A Sign that Spring Has Now Officially Arrived on East Street this Morning • Monday March 20th 2017

Flowering Blossoms and Morning Sunlight

A Sign that Spring Has Now Officially Arrived on East Street this Morning in Annapolis Maryland March 20th 2017

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I truly wanted to be up and about at 6:28 this morning so as to be able to greet the arrival of this year’s spring equinox in Annapolis, alas though it wasn’t to be the case for a variety of reasons. In any event by 8:30 I was out checking for any signs of blossoming flowers, bushes or even budding tree branches for that matter however this winter’s strange weather patterns have seemingly confused the normal budding and blooming activities of nature in the area.

Making my way along upper East Street in the Historic District I came upon this most welcome display of spring colors, to which I immediately responded to from a photography standpoint. Yes it will soon be time for sailing, ice cream, wearing shorts, and of course the taste of Chesapeake Bay Blue Crabs here in Maryland’s Capital City.

Have a great week and I don’t know about you but I’m having ice cream this afternoon,

Glenn

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Annapolis Maryland Blog Photograph • Corner of State Circle and Maryland Avenue on the Last Day of Winter • Sunday March 19th 2017

Remnants of an Overnight Rain and Patches of Sunshine

Corner of State Circle and Maryland Avenue on the Last Day of Winter in Annapolis Maryland March 19th 2017

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I set off for my morning walk on this final day of winter by taking in this quiet setting here at the corner of State Circle and Maryland Avenue in Annapolis. While the skies for the most part were still overcast, as both the nearby streets and sidewalks showed signs of an overnight rain, streams of sunshine were visible along the east side of this group of late 19th and early 20th century Vernacular style commercial buildings. Actually though it was the number of red seamed metal roofs and their gable ends that caught my eye, along with how they encompassed the aqua green front of the Gina Fitz shop.

Okay springtime I’m anxiously awaiting your arrival tomorrow, as is my camera.

Have a good afternoon,

Glenn

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Annapolis Maryland Blog Photograph • Bushes Over a Board Fence Along the Alley Behind a Circa 1900 Residence • Saturday March 18th 2017

Early Morning in Back of the Clara McNair House

Bushes Over a Board Fence Along the Alley Behind a Circa 1900 Residence in the Annapolis Maryland Historic District March 18th 2017

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I wanted to get out early today so as to take a few photographs before heading over to Eastport for the Burning of the Socks event being held on the grounds the Annapolis Maritime Museum. The streets of Annapolis were quiet with mostly runners and dog walkers out and about so I stopped to get a cup of coffee before seeking out today’s venue to photograph.

Making my way down from the Maryland State House I could see that the trees and bushes along the way were beginning to show more buds and even an occasional flower here and there. Taking a brief detour while heading downtown I passed by the back of the c1900 Clara McNair House where it appeared that the bushes above the alleyway board fence were now displaying a bit of color. Actually I have never seen the back of this particular Historic District House before and liked its overall sense of landscaped tidiness. Perhaps in a matter of weeks the yard’s well pruned currently barren trees will be showing their leaves for Spring begins on Monday

Have a great weekend,

Glenn

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