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Annapolis Experience Blog Picture Of The Day – Historic Peggy Stewart House Circa 1761 On Hanover Street – Tuesday March 31st 2015

Historic Annapolis Residences

Historic Peggy Stewart House Circa 1761 On Hanover Street In Annapolis Maryland March 31st 2015

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Perhaps one of the more stately looking 18th century Georgian style residence found in Annapolis is the Peggy Stewart House located on Hanover Street near Gate 3 at the US Naval Academy. While its name denotes a connection to pre Revolutionary War public fervor in the City this historic residence was owned not only by a merchant who pushed chance once too often but also by a signer of the Declaration of Independence as well as another gentleman who signed the US Constitution.

Colonial era architectural is just one aspect of Maryland’s Capital City on the Chesapeake Bay,

Glenn

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Annapolis Experience Blog Picture Of The Day – A Historic District Streetscape • Late 18th And Early 19th Century Vernacular Federal Architecture – Monday March 30th 2015

Annapolis Streetscapes

An Overcast Morning Streetscape On Cornhill In Annapolis Maryland March 30th 2015

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For almost as far as the eye can see this Cornhill Streetscape is comprised of mostly late 18th and early 19th century Vernacular Federal style residences. Commonly found within the fan like borders of East, Cornhill, Fleet and Pinkney streets this style of Annapolis architecture is noted for its frame siding, plain millwork and two bay wide frontage although in today’s featured photograph a couple of three bay wide residences dominate the streetscape.

Unfortunately because of the narrowness of three of the four afore mentioned streets there is little to no room for trees or bushes to grow along the sidewalks so they can only be found within the narrow confines of a few small neighborhood backyards.

Would it not be grand if those unsightly utility poles with their multitude of dangling electric, phone and cable lines were displaced by Cherry, Magnolia and Dogwood trees? Please note that I intentionally took this photograph of the side of the street sans utility poles for they run down this very street just out of sight on the right side.

Have a good day and hold on just a little bit longer for sunshine and Spring temperatures are just around the corner,

Glenn

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Annapolis Experience Blog Picture Of The Day – First An Early Morning Stop For A Blended Coffee Drink Then A Cruise On The Harbor – Sunday March 29th 2015

Annapolis Harbor

A Coast Guard Vessel Patrols The Harbor After A Stop At Starbucks In Annapolis Maryland March 29th 2015

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While it was difficult to determine the exact type of drinks that the pilot and a crew member, the one sitting with their back to the cockpit, were having however between both the ubiquitous shapes of their cups and one partially visible logo it left no doubt as to where they had been procured from earlier in the morning.

In any event while it was still a bit too cold and windy for me to be out on the waters of Annapolis Harbor it did seem that the crew of this US Coast Guard vessel were enjoying their cruise.

Have a pleasant day everyone,

Glenn

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Annapolis Experience Blog Picture Of The Day – Subtle Yet Noticeable Changes • An Elegant Door In A State Of Transition – Saturday March 28th 2015

Doors Of Annapolis

An Elegant College Avenue Door In A State Of Transition From Black To Royal Blue In Annapolis Maryland March 28th 2015

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It was the subtle decorative changes on this entrance door that caused me to briefly suspend my morning walk. Actually what first caught my eye was the uneven patch of light colored bricks visible on the lower left side of the door frame. These bricks appear like someone had painted around something that used to be set next to the door and now it has been removed.

Being a particularly keen observer of changes to the exteriors of most Annapolis, as well as Historic District, buildings and houses I could see that the brass door hardware was new, or at least recently installed. Both the kick plate and door handle were shiny, which in the case of the latter by my recollection used to be a door knob.

The other little detail I noticed was that while the door was mostly painted black it now seems that the owner(s) are looking to paint it a royal blue hue. Take note of the bottom right side door panel to see what I mean – perhaps it will be easier to see if one selects the full size version of the photograph. I must say that I do like that color of blue and will now have to wait to see what the door looks like when its painting is complete.

Change is good and new colors can certainly make one take notice.

Have a good day everyone,

Glenn

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Annapolis Experience Blog Picture Of The Day – Order Of The Galilean Fisherman School For African American Children • 1860’s Through The 1890’s – Friday March 27th 2015

Historic Annapolis Buildings

Order Of The Galilean Fisherman School For African American Children 1860's - 1890's In Annapolis Maryland March 27th 2015

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Located down the hill from the Maryland State House is this late 18th century structure that today serves as an apartment building. Like the majority of centuries old Annapolis structures it has been owned by a number of individuals and also served many purposes over the last 225+ years.

As an aside the lot that this particular building is located on has passed through the hands of such well known City luminaries as Governor Francis Nicholson (1696-1704), the Thomas Bordley & family (1704-1770 only as the result of the destruction of land deeds in the fire at the 1st State House), leading City merchant Charles Wallace (1770-1779), and Richard Beard Jr. (1779-1784).

It was in 1785 that a Main Street tavern operator, Mr. James West, is said to have built a frame structure on the future site of the Order of Galilean Fisherman School pictured above. Court records indicate that within a couple of years of having been built the wooden structure was destroyed by a fire. Mr. West proceeded then to built a 2 1/2 story brick building on the same lot which years later he would convey to his son-in-law.

The house and property went on to be sold a number of times between the early 1800’s and the mid 1850’s until a Mr. George Taylor purchased the property and dwelling, along with other properties on adjoining streets. With Mr. Taylor’s death in the 1860’s certain lots and buildings were sold to the M. E. Church of Annapolis including the one featured above.

So it was in 1868 that the Order of Galilean Fisherman began to operate a school for African American children and would continue to do so into the 1890’s. It was also during that same period when the two & 1/2 story building was raised to a height of four stories. Notice the different colors and patterns of bricks on the facade of the building especially the second story. During this same period its current flat roof line replaced the previous two & 1/2 story Gambrel one as well as taking on commercial Italianate architectural details that one can see along it today.

With the school having closed at the end of the 19th century the Order of Galilean Fisherman went on to sell the building in 1908 upon which the new owner leased it out for commercial purposes included that of a book bindery. By the early 1920’s yet another new owner of the building renovated the upper floors of the structure into residential apartments.  At the same time small businesses such as a soft drink counter, confectionery, shoe shop, and a rod & reel shop operated out of the 1st floor until the 1950’s.

The next time that you are near State Circle consider checking out the former Order of Galilean Fisherman School building for it is another interesting piece of centuries old Annapolis visual history that one can experience for themselves,

Glenn

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Annapolis Experience Blog Picture Of The Day – Built For The Owner Of A Newspaper Later An Investment For A Grocer And Now Being Rehabilitated After 127 Years – Thursday March 26th 2015

Late 19th Century Annapolis Residences

A Late 19th Century Residence On Fleet Street Undergoing Renovation In Annapolis Maryland March 26th 2015

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It is always nice to see an Historic District residence being rehabilitated, especially one that was showing its age like this one was. This 1878 Fleet Street residence, built by Jeremiah Hughes owner of the Maryland Republican newspaper, was one of a group of three adjoining row houses built for him as rental properties. Basic in design and relativity inexpensive to build this post Civil War style of rental houses were commonly seen not only in Annapolis but also in nearby cities of Virginia and DC as well.

A little more than 40 years after having been built the house was sold to a Mr. Jacob Blum who operated a grocery store near the bottom of Fleet Street. Mr. Bloom like Mr. Hughes purchased the property as an investment deriving income from renting the house. In 1944 Mr. Bloom’s wife sold the property to the Cook’s.

Historical speaking a number of well known Annapolis citizens have either held title to the property on which this house is located on over the last 300 years or have been involved in the transfer of it through estate proceedings.

Have a good day everyone,

Glenn

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Annapolis Experience Blog Picture Of The Day – Maryland Day 2015 • An Actual Piece Of History Dating From The Founding Of The Province Of Maryland In 1634 – Wednesday March 25th 2015

Maryland Day 2015 In Annapolis

Maryland Day 2015 A Historical Relic Dating From The Settlement Of The Province On Display In Annapolis Maryland March 25th 2015

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Located high on a hill along the northeast corner of the Maryland State House is what I consider to be a timely historical artifact, given that today is Maryland Day. Over the years I have seen many a child climb on it, fewer adults pose for pictures in front of it and a hand full of people actually stop to read the plaque affixed to it – usually the proverbial accidental tourist.

However it is a real historical artifact that was present on March 25th 1634 when settlers, soldiers, clergy, and representatives of Cecil Calvert’s, the 2nd Baron Baltimore, stepped ashore on St. Clements Island in present day St. Mary’s County. Their arrival over 380 years ago marked the founding of the Province of Maryland for which today is celebrated in Annapolis and across the State as Maryland Day.

Happy Maryland Day 2015!

Glenn

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