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Annapolis Maryland Blog Photograph • A Brick Walkway Leads Towards an 1878 Townhouse’s Backyard Garden • Tuesday May 31st 2016

Entrance to an Urban Oasis

A View Down a Brick Walkway and into the Garden of a 19th Century Townhouse in Annapolis Maryland May 31st 2016

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Perhaps this view towards the rear garden at the Gassoway Sister’s late 19th century townhouse could be used in one of those Annapolis Partnership Twitter quizzes – who knows this one? Well maybe not since I have already provided a pretty good clue as to its location in the first sentence of this post. Anyway I found this off street setting most inviting what with its welcoming passageway leading towards a mostly secluded Annapolis urban oasis.

Have a good week everyone,

Glenn

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Annapolis Maryland Blog Photograph • An American Flag Hangs on the Stern of a Classic 1962 Yawl • Memorial Day Monday May 30th 2016

Tied Up on a Holiday Weekend

An American Flag on the Stern of the Classic 1962 Yawl Windalier in Annapolis Maryland May 30th 2016

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As seen from just off the harbor an American Flag hangs from the stern of the 1962 classic sailing yawl Windalier early in the morning while dockside in Annapolis Maryland.

Please pay tribute this day to those military personnel that have perished while serving their country in wartime as well as during dangerous and troubled times,

Glenn

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Annapolis Maryland Blog Photograph • The Onset of Sunrise Across the Marina Docks in Eastport • Sunday May 29th 2016

Northeast Along the Harbor Shoreline

The Onset of Sunrise as Seen Across the Docks in the Eastport District of Annapolis Maryland May 29th 2016

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It was just before sunrise as I settled into my perch above Annapolis Harbor taking in the early morning tranquility, enjoying a fresh cup of coffee and patiently waiting for the sunlight to be just right. Looking down on the glass like surface of the harbor I followed the water’s transition from an ink black hue to a dark reflective blue color as the final throngs of dawn gave way to the onset of sunrise over the marinas and docks spread out before me.

Even in the midst of a holiday weekend, such as this one, the solace afforded one by being up and about before sunrise can be quite inspiring indeed,

Glenn

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Annapolis Maryland Blog Photograph • Commodore Waddell’s Eastlake Movement Influenced Late 19th Century Porch • Saturday May 28th 2016

Victorian and American Architectural Design

Commodore Waddell's Eastlake School influenced Late 19th Century Porch in Annapolis Maryland May 28th 2016

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Over the course of many years walking past the above pictured Historic District porch I on occasion would find myself engaged in an internal debate, the topic being determining its applicable architectural style. Perhaps for those familiar with 18th, 19th and early 20th century Annapolis residential architecture the classification of Victorian seems appropriate however I have always felt that a more specific nomenclature was in order.

Of course the use of the Victorian label can denote either a specific period – in this case the mid to late 19th and very early 20th centuries, or a variety of related architectural styles of that same period. Within the last year or so a few City and local residents have expressed via social media an apparent fondness for this particular Queen Anne style house, more specifically its British Queen Anne architectural character and associated cottage like influences. Certainly from a broad perspective the latter label could be applicable, at least in the case of this house’s windows and adjoining concrete/stone millwork like trim, however other design influences are apparent as well one of which being that of the Eastlake School or Movement, which is of an American origin.

So as to a specific architectural classification to reference this particular porch I believe the afore mentioned Eastlake Movement style is most applicable. As an aside the Eastlake Movement also refers to domestically crafted period furniture with attributes such as ornate spindles, embedded or recessed carved shapes and the use of period colors. Actually if one examines this porch’s free standing 2/3’s height columns, along with the two visible against the brick facade bordering the front door frame, they both feature Eastlake Movement style elements. Specifically the spindle shapes of each column as well as the red square and circle shapes embedded at the top of each one.

As to the house itself it was built in the 1880’s for Commodore James Iredell Waddell an 1841 US Naval Academy graduate. Commodore Waddell served not only in the US Navy but also went on to command one of the preeminent Confederate Navy commerce raiders, the CSS Shenandoah, on which he circled the world visiting numerous foreign ports of call and finally docking his ship in Liverpool England at the conclusion of the Civil War. It could be said that Commodore Waddell’s architectural influences were based in part on his world travels. An example of this, though not visible in the photograph above, is the Japanese style south wing of the house built for use by the Waddell’s Asian domestic servant.

Certainly this porch’s pitched gable roof and covered floor space serves as a comfortable location for family and friends to gather while shaded from the intensity of the Summer sunshine.

Have a good holiday weekend and please be safe,

Glenn

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Annapolis Maryland Blog Photograph • An Italianate Style Facade on a Late 1870’s City Tailor’s House in the Afternoon Shade • Friday May 27th 2016

Tall Windows Set in a Brick Facade

The Italianate Style Facade of the Isaac Newton Richardson House in the Afternoon Shade • Annapolis Maryland May 27th 2016

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With the temperature approaching 80 degrees and plenty of sunshine as well here in Annapolis I found myself gravitating towards the shadier side of the streets during this afternoon’s walk in the Historic District. No it wasn’t hot outside by any means, like our humid Mid-Atlantic Summers can be, it just felt better navigating my way up and down the streets in the shade while taking a photograph or two along the way.

As to featuring one’s subject in the shade, along with a bit of sunshine, there are certain advantages in doing so including richer colors and sharper details to name a few. Hopefully you might also find this to be the case in today’s photograph of the 140 year old Isaac Newton Richardson House lower facade.

The late 19th century house pictured above is considered to be one of the finest examples of Italianate residential architecture in Annapolis today. Built in the late 1870’s for Mr. Isaac Newton Richardson, a city tailor and merchant, its construction was overseen by noted local carpenter John F. Wiggins.

This particular five bay wide house is actually comprised of two sections having been built 40 years apart. Specifically the right side section, three bays in width – one of which includes the front door, was built in the late 1870’s and served as the Richardson family residence. The left two bay section of the house represents a 1920’s extension. Its clear that the architectural details of the original section of the house – including brickwork, window sills and decorative millwork were duplicated in the 1920’s section as well contributing to the facade’s overall seamless appearance.

This side, almost streetscape like, perspective denotes the amount of glass used in the four floor to ceiling windows visible across the the house’s lower facade. Actually on a shaded afternoon such as today I’m sure these full height windows admit a fair amount of light into the house’s front rooms.

Have a pleasant afternoon and evening as well,

Glenn

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Annapolis Maryland Blog Photograph • Corner Perspective of the Ireland House & St. Mary’s First School • Thursday May 26th 2016

Midmorning Sunshine and Shade

Corner Perspective of the Ireland House and St. Mary's Church First School in the Midmorning Shade and Sunshine • Annapolis Maryland May 26th 2016

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Today’s photograph features a corner perspective of the Ireland House, set partially in the shade on a sunny morning in the Historic District. Representing the Federal style of architecture current historical records date this house to the mid 19th century. I would like to suggest though that it could be older than that based on its exterior architectural elements, a close proximity to six mid 18th century Ridout houses and corner location comprised of two 300 year old streets. Further more the facade of the house fronts on a narrow 18th century street, that itself has provided access to the Annapolis waterfront for three centuries. In addition county property records indicate this house is on land with a primary structure built in the 1720’s. As to whether that particular notation is associated with the house’s foundation or its internal framing I’m not sure. In my opinion though the house seen on this corner today dates back to at least the early 1800’s.

As noted at the top of today’s post this building has at times over the years been referred to as the Ireland House however it is also known to have been St. Mary’s Parish first school, or at least where classes were originally held. The are references to a Catholic free school for African-Americans holding classes in 1866 that was directly associated with St. Mary’s Parish, although its not known whether they were held in this same building.

Architecturally the house is three bays wide and two stories high with a single centered dormer on its barn red seamed metal roof. Note also the closed shutters over the facade’s door, where today one enters the house through a door set in a narrow hyphen seen above adjoining the dark taupe frame house. A massive, if not large, chimney is visible on the north side of the roof that has four distinct flue openings at its top, perhaps indicative of being built in the early 19th century, or even earlier. Although it can also be said that its brickwork and mortar joints appear more 20th century like with a possibility of it having been rebuilt, or at least reappointed, in the last 50 years or so.

Consider taking a look at the Ireland House when you’re in the vicinity of St. Mary’s Parish downtown and see how old that you think this building is,

Glenn

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Annapolis Maryland Blog Photograph • A Lone Sloop Navigates Past Moored Sailboats Early in the Morning • Wednesday May 25th 2016

Annapolis Harbor After Sunrise

A Lone Sailing Sloop Makes its Way On the Harbor Just After Sunrise in Annapolis Maryland May 25th 2016

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Today’s photograph is in no way indicative of the current conditions on Annapolis Harbor, or the nearby Severn River for that matter, as hundreds of boats are now anchored prior to the start of today’s 2 pm Blue Angels flight demonstration event. Actually early mornings on the harbor can be quite a serene experience as one takes in vistas of Greenbury Point, as well as nearby Eastport and Annapolis City Dock, even during Commissioning Week.

Well its time to put away my computer and camera so as to head over to the nearby Severn River to enjoy this afternoon’s air show,

Glenn

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