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Annapolis Maryland Blog Photograph • Early Morning at the Circa 1825 Anne Arundel County Courthouse on Church Circle • Thursday February 23rd 2017

Early 19th Century Victorian on Federal Architecture

Early Morning at the Circa 1825 Anne Arundel County Courthouse on Church Circle in Annapolis Maryland February 23rd 2017

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While it was a bit cool early this morning here in Annapolis the sunshine on the other handed provided for a nice opportunity to take a couple of photographs across the center of the City before the traffic started buzzing around Church Circle. One of which was of the Victorian and Federal influenced facade of the circa 1825 Anne Arundel County Courthouse taken a few minutes after sunrise.

I so enjoy the peacefulness that one can experience downtown early in the morning before the frantic pace of the workday takes over.

Hopefully you too have been enjoying this beautiful day,

Glenn

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Annapolis Maryland Blog Photograph • Fish Scale Shingles Adorn the Facade of the c1878 Alexander Randall House • Wednesday February 22nd 2017

More Stick Style than English Queen Anne

Fish Scale Shingles Adorn the Facade of the c1878 Alexander Randall House in Annapolis Maryland February 22nd 2017

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Mr. Alexander Randall’s circa 1878 brick duplex facing the Maryland State House features three somewhat related architectural styles. Mr. Randall’s house has been classified in previous historical building surveys as representative of the English Queen Anne Revival style. However in my opinion the first and most dominant one is that of the Stick Style, while the second and third design influences being those of English Queen Anne Revival and the Eastlake Movement or possibly Shingle style as well.

As having been noted on a previous blog post of mine true English Queen Anne Revival style houses are fairly rare and not often found in Annapolis, perhaps numbering less than two that I can recall. It can also be said that both Stick and Shingle style houses of the late 19th and early 20th centuries do share common design elements, as well as being more numerous here in Annapolis.

I would as an aside say that in spite of the apparent contrast in exterior designs facing each other across State Circle, the 1772 Georgian influenced Maryland State House and Mr. Randall’s c1878 Stick Style house, there is a sense of architectural harmony between them regardless of their differences in both ages and styles.

Have a good afternoon,

Glenn

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Annapolis Maryland Blog Photograph • Broken Clouds Over Historic St. Anne’s Church on a Late Winter Morning • Tuesday February 21st 2017

A Perspective From the Circle

Broken Clouds Over Historic St. Anne's Church on a Late Winter Morning in Annapolis Maryland February 21st 2017

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There are times when one can simply be in the right place at the right time, at least that seemed to be the case earlier, when I found myself standing in front of St. Anne’s Church. For you see between the hit and miss periods of sunshine, as well as the broken cloud cover, so far this morning I had yet to settle on what setting to use for today’s featured Annapolis photograph.

That all changed when I stopped briefly along Church Circle so as to drink a little more of my coffee. It was there while looking up at the patches of blue sky breaking through the morning clouds that today’s setting came together for me in one brief moment. Actually the broken clouds and patches of blue sky seemed to provide an almost spiritual or heavenly backdrop for the church itself, well at least I thought so.

In any event it won’t be long before these stark and barren tree branches reaching out across the upper bell tower and steeple of the church will be adorned with light green buds and flowering blossoms. Then they themselves will give way to a lush canopy of green leaves that will shade the entrance of this 19th century City church throughout the spring and summer months.

Have a good day,

Glenn

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Annapolis Maryland Blog Photograph • Dock Piling Reflections and Sailboats on the Creek • Monday February 20th 2017

Seemingly a Forest of Sailboat Masts

Dock Piling Reflections and Sailboats on the Creek in Annapolis Maryland February 20th 2017

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I spent most of midmorning helping John change the fuel filter on his boat, as well as tightening down a couple of handrail bases along the port side, both of which had me anticipating the arrival of sailing season here in Annapolis. After having replaced the engine’s fuel filter we both took a coffee break so as to watch the comings and goings taking place on the other docks at the marina.

As John was fielding a call from his office down in the salon I went aft so as to gaze out towards a seemingly huddled group of sailboats docked a little further up the creek. There were about twenty four of them by my count, with at least six of their respective masts casting a shadowy reflection on the surface of the creek, certainly less pronounced though than those of the four dock pilings just off the starboard side of John’s sailboat.

What is it now, less than a month until spring’s arrival?

Have a good week,

Glenn

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Annapolis Maryland Blog Photograph • The Late Victorian Style Mary Francis Wilson House Circa 1900 • Sunday February 19th 2017

Its Mansard Roof was Added in the 1910s

The Late Victorian Style Mary Francis Wilson House Circa 1900 in Annapolis Maryland February 19th 2017

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During my morning walk along the northwest side of Spa Creek I came across this perhaps late 1890s or early 1900s Vernacular style townhouse, that by all appearances seemed to have had its exterior altered not long after its construction. To my eye anyway the Mansard roof wasn’t original to the house, yet on the other hand seemed fairly old, perhaps 100 years or so. It should be noted that Mansard roofs are often found on Annapolis houses of this era, not only on this street but throughout the Historic District as well.

In any event this townhouse also showed signs, or at least previous suggestions, of early Queen Anne like details both on its windows and second story millwork. I would venture to say that the original front porch featured more intricate details that were indicative of the Queen Anne style, yet lost when it was rebuilt after 2000. Building records suggest that the original porch was also of a full width, although it featured a half hip style seam metal roof. The German siding and corner boards, not often found on Queen Anne style houses of the same era, attest to the level of detail used in the townhouse’s original construction.

As to the house itself it was built for a Mrs. Mary Francis Wilson (b1840 – d1912) in 1900. Mrs. Wilson was the wife of Charles A. Wilson (b1838 – d1902) a local tinsmith by trade and owner of a metal shop concern. Mrs. Wilson would go on to occupy this house after her husband’s passing in 1902 where she lived with her son and his family until her own death in 1912.

The extended Wilson family went on to live in their parent’s house until 1937 when it was sold and used as a rental property for the following 20 years. After 1957 the property went through a succession of owners until the mid 1990s when its then new owner undertook an extensive renovation of the townhouse, both inside and outside including the replacement of the original front porch.

By all outward appearances the townhouse seems to be well maintained and is located near the crest of a hill up from Acton Cove.

I hope that you have been able to get outside and enjoy today’s spring like weather,

Glenn

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Annapolis Maryland Blog Photograph • Sailing Rainbows Set Across Chinks Point on a Winter Morning • Saturday February 18th 2017

Classes Will Soon be in Session

Rainbow Sailboats Set Across Chinks Point on a Winter Morning in Annapolis Maryland February 18th 2017

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It won’t be long before this group of 24′ Rainbows will once again be moored in the waters along Back Creek ready to serve as nautical classrooms for those attending the Annapolis Sailing School this year. However for now they remain stored on the hard for the winter along Chinks Point just off the Severn River here in Annapolis.

Enjoy the afternoon everyone,

Glenn

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Annapolis Maryland Blog Photograph • Nautical Inspired Stained Glass Door Transom in the Historic District • Friday February 17th 2017

Conveying a Maritime Presence

Nautical Inspired Stained Glass Door Transom in the Annapolis Maryland Historic District February 17th 2017

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It was years ago when I first came across this stained glass door transom over the c1885 Parodi House front door and often wondered if any of its early tenants, or for that matter subsequent owners, had been sailors, for you see this door transom depicts six nautical flag symbols or letters. Come to think of it I believe that back in early 1890s a surgeon at the US Naval Academy rented this house from the Parodi Family and possibly would have spent time on the waters around Annapolis during his tenure.

In any event while I have come across other stained glass door transoms here in the City over the years I find this particular one to be fairly basic in its design and details yet on the hand quite creative in conveying its nautical themed presence to those who happen to be passing by.

Have a great weekend,

Glenn

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