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Annapolis Experience Blog Picture Of The Day – A Star Bolt And Yet Another Day As An Impromptu City Tour Guide – Monday August 31st 2015

Fence On Duke Of Gloucester Street

A Six Point Iron Star Bolt Secured To A Brick And Stone Wall On Duke Of Gloucester Street At The Charles Carroll House In Annapolis Maryland August 31st 2015

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It certainly had to have been karma I thought to myself earlier upon leaving a very nice group of out of town visitors there at the corner of St. Marys and Duke of Gloucester Streets. For regular readers of this blog yesterday’s post centered around a chance meeting with a Mr. Tate on the West side of the Historic District. Well early in the morning I was walking along the old stone and brick fence wall in front of St. Mary’s Church and Rectory when I passed by four people that seemed to be examining the old fence wall quite closely.

Excusing myself, in order to pass along the narrow sidewalk that we were sharing at the time, they bunched up so as to allow me to squeeze by, which is when I heard a member of the group tell the others in so many words, how nice it was for the City of Annapolis to decorate this old wall for tourists. Of course this stopped me in mid stride upon which I pivoted and nicely said to everyone “no folks those are called Star Bolts and they were put there many years ago to hold the wall in place” as I motioned to other places on the fence where additional Star Bolts could be seen.

Of really, I didn’t know that said one woman while another in the group asked me if the bolts are unique to Annapolis or Maryland at large. No I said one can see them stabilizing buildings from Charleston to Boston, at least I have over the years of traveling on the East Coast. So from that point on I found myself engaged in discussions, if not at times lectures, about the history of Annapolis, its noteworthy places of interest, are the water taxi’s safe, and of course the ever popular as well as most requested “where’s the best place to eat” question.

After having answered everyone’s questions I was asked to circle on their visitor’s map different places to visit as well as a few of my own favorite places to eat. When the moment presented itself, as the group began moving along, I took off the lens cap and snapped a closeup of the Star Bolt that had started yet another street conversation. In any event I walked with the group up to the corner of St. Marys Street and proceeded to point down the hill in the direction of the Marriott, where they were apparently staying during their visit, and wished them all a good day.

I don’t know maybe there is more to it than just karma and perhaps I should consider being a tour guide, as well as a photographer, heck I’m doing both anyway. However for those that know me I would look really silly in one of those Colonial style outfits preferring the comfort of a colorful t-shirt, shorts and deck shoes instead.

Have a good afternoon everyone,

Glenn

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Annapolis Experience Blog Picture Of The Day – It Was Nice Talking With Mr Tate During My Morning Walk • The Circa 1775 Jacob Sampson House – Sunday August 30th 2015

18th Century Georgian

The 18th Century Jacob Sampson House In Annapolis Maryland August 30th 2015

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As I have said on previous occasions it is amazing how many nice people one can meet and talk to while walking the streets of Annapolis. Actually it seems that I experience more of an openness by others to engage in conversation when they notice my camera, after having either taken, or are about to take a picture of a nearby old building or house.

This was the case earlier when I had just taken a photograph of the above featured 18th century Jacob Sampson House, something I have tried to do for almost five years – a long story, when a gentleman walking up the same side of the street where I was standing spoke up and said “that will be $150″, to which I replied “put it on my account please.” We both smiled at each other and exchanged greetings upon which I learned that he was the current owner of the afore mentioned Sampson House. Introducing himself as one Mr. Tate and I in turn identified myself as well upon which we began a conversation, the main subject of which was of course his historical house.

Of course I extended a sincere complement about how well his house was maintained and Mr. Tate explained about a few of the projects that he has been working on over the years in order to keep in such fine shape. He went on to mention, what I believe was a pencil drawing or perhaps painting done of his house by a noted Easter Shore artist, while also describing the location on the street where they took the picture used in the making of it. I told Mr. Tate how difficult that it has been for me to take a good picture of his house over the years, due in part to the position of one particular utility pole on the opposite side of the street. Even as I mentioned this to him I wondered if my recent photograph would turn out any better than the dozens of others that I have taken or will it also wind up being discarded as well.

Mr. Tate and I stood there talking for a while longer discussing the age of the house – built in 1775, its architectural style – Georgian, as well as its quaint looking courtyard that includes a half octagon shaped bay window that overlooks it that I have featured on a previous picture of the day post. Yes he said it is nice to sit in that room and look out the window while enjoying one’s coffee in the morning.

Having spent the prior half hour or so engaged in conversation with Mr. Tate it was time to move on so I thanked him for his time and wished him a good day as I set off on my way in search of the next photograph and interesting conversation.

Have a pleasant afternoon everyone,

Glenn

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Annapolis Experience Blog Picture Of The Day – One Or Two Knot Winds Out Of The Southwest Yet Making A Course To The Chesapeake – Saturday August 29th 2015

Summertime Sailing

A J/80 One-Design Sailboat With Its Main Sail Up Heading To The Chesapeake Bay In Annapolis Maryland August 29th 2015

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It seems that the Summer winds of late have been taking a bit of a toll on sailing activities around Annapolis for even the course for last Wednesday night’s sailboat races were shortened due to less than acceptable wind conditions. This morning the winds have been out of the southwest at about one or two knots although the forecast is for them to rise to five knots later in the day.

Today’s featured photograph is that of a J/80 One-Design seen making its way along a City creek with its mainsail deployed yet still needing the assistance of its outboard motor while heading out to the Chesapeake Bay.

Have a fantastic Saturday everyone and if you are out on the water today please be safe,

Glenn

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Annapolis Experience Blog Picture Of The Day – The Italianate Inspired Front Door and Windows Of A 19th Century City Tailor’s House – Friday August 28th 2015

19th Century Doors & Windows

An Italianate Inspired Door And Windows On The 1878 Isaac Newton Richardson House In Annapolis Maryland August 28th 2015

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I apologize for the late post today for I was working to complete a couple of photo shoots on the Eastern Shore and did not return to Annapolis until after lunchtime. Oh and by the way the weather was also great in Dorchester and Talbot counties today as well.

So my afternoon walk in the City took in most of Duke of Gloucester Street as well as Shipwright, Union and Cathedral Streets along with a few neighboring ones as well. Fortunately I came across a favorite Italianate style residence of mine that was not totally obstructed by the usual assortment of home contracting vans and trucks normally parked in front of it during the work week.

The residence itself is the 1879 Isaac Newton Richardson House and was built by a well known area carpenter, John F. Wiggins, in an Italianate style. Mr. Richardson was originally from West Virginia and served in the Civil War, for the Confederacy. After the war he came to settle in Annapolis. A tailor by trade Mr. Richardson certainly chose a grand house to have built for he and his family compared to the more inexpensive vernacular style frame houses constructed along the same and neighboring streets. Unfortunately the Richardson family lost possession of their house by the latter part of the following decade, the late 1880’s.

In any event both the Richardson House and the Gassoway-Feldmeyer House, located on the opposite end of the Historic District, are perhaps two of the best examples of late 19th century Italianate architecture in Annapolis today.

Enjoy the rest of the afternoon and have a most pleasant evening everyone,

Glenn

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Annapolis Experience Blog Picture Of The Day – A Late Summer Day In Eastport • Gorgeous Weather Along The Docks On Back Creek – Thursday August 27th 2015

Marina Vistas

A Beautiful Summer Day Along The Docks On Back Creek In Eastport Maryland August 27th 2015

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I will have to say that spending the morning relaxing in this fantastic weather while watching the activities taking place at the nearby marinas here on Back Creek was certainly a quintessential Annapolis experience, so too speak. There were boat crews doing as I was and lounging about while others were getting in a little cleaning time as a couple of boats were preparing to head out on the Chesapeake Bay.

After having spent most of the late morning taking advantage of a bit of down time I finally got my camera out of its bag and snapped off a couple of pictures of this nearby marina as my legs continued to dangle over the water sitting here on the dock.

Oh what a great day and I hope that yours is turning out to be a good one as well,

Glenn

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Annapolis Experience Blog Picture Of The Day – An Inviting Shaded Front Yard In The Historic District • J S Habersham House Circa 1887 – Wednesday August 26th 2015

Pleasant Summer Afternoons

A Shaded Front Yard Mrs J S Habersham Circa 1887 House In Annapolis Maryland August 26th 2015

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As I was enjoying my walk along the southern most part of the Historic District earlier in the day I happen to pass by the old Habersham House. Built in 1887 for Mrs. J. S. Habersham the structure represents the vernacular style of architecture often used by builders in 19th century Annapolis. In addition I could note traces of Greek Revival design elements that have been incorporated into its two bay wide front porch.

While the porch itself projected a most comfortable Summertime setting it was the shade emanating from a nearby tree, covering the entire expanse of the front yard as well, that captured my attention, at least enough to have taken this photograph.

Have a great afternoon everyone,

Glenn

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Annapolis Experience Blog Picture Of The Day – The 1920 Circle Theater Building Designed In A Beaux Art Style – Tuesday August 25th 2015

State Circle

The 1920 Circle Theater Building On State Circle In Annapolis Maryland August 25th 2015

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The above featured Annapolis commercial building has always been one where I find myself questioning why it was even built in the first place, especially given its original 1920 facade and more so its prominent presence on State Circle across from the Maryland State House. Then again there is also the point that the building’s architect – Henry Powell Hopkins, was also part of the team responsible for designing the original Maryland Senate Office Building in the 1930’s, as well as the Legislative Services Building and Delegates Building in the 1970’s. As to these faux or Colonial Revival style 20th century State office buildings I must admit to not being a fan of that particular architectural style.

As to Mr. Harry Hopkins first of all he attended Cornell University as well as Columbia University, from which he received an undergraduate degree in architecture. Later he was awarded an honorary masters degree from St. John’s College. Mr. Hopkins grew up in Annapolis where his father, Colonel Harry Hopkins, served as president of the Farmers National Bank. The younger Mr. Hopkins went on to teach and latter founded his own architectural firm in Baltimore where he designed a number of buildings in Maryland, one of which was the Circle Theater in Annapolis.

Today the facade of this former theater has been altered to accommodate the entrance ways to various offices and retail tenants that occupy the building. These changes include the addition of central front entrance doors, where the theater’s ticket window was previously located, along with the second and third floor windows visible on the Cornhill Street side of the building.

While today neither a local or visitor can go to a movie theater in the downtown area they can enjoy an oven roasted potato with a wide selection of extras.

As for one former Johnnie’s design vision for the northeast streetscape of State Circle, surely back in 1920 it must have appeared out of character considering the historical surroundings.

Have a pleasant day everyone,

Glenn

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