Annapolis Experience Blog Picture Of The Day – Quintessential Georgian Architecture • Circa 1765 Dr Upton Scott House – Thursday October 20th 2011

A Grand 18th Century Town House

The Circa 1765 Dr Upton Scott House On Shipwright Street In Annapolis Maryland October 20th 2011

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While some Annapolis Historians will say that there are twelve houses of historical note in he history of Annapolis – one of them no longer exists, my feeling is that there should be thirteen of such houses including the Dr. Upton Scott House as seen featured above.

Dr. Scott, a personal physician to one of the last colonial governors of Maryland, began construction on his residence in 1762 and it was completed between 1764 and 1765. At the time his house was being built this part of Shipwright Street bordered on the shoreline of Spa Creek, which today is at least four hundred yards faway from the edge of the property. Architect William Buckland designed and supervised the construction of Dr. Scott’s house and was also known for building the main house at Historic London Town and Gardens along with a number of other well known colonial era buildings in Maryland & Virginia.

In the years before he left for England at the onset of the Revolutionary War Dr. Scott was a well respected citizen in the upper strata of Annapolis society including a membership in The Tuesday Club – founded by Alexander Hamilton. Dr. Scott returned to Annapolis and his beloved house four years later and resided there until his death in 1814.

Dr. Scott was the Great Uncle of Francis Scott Key, who resided at the Upton Scott House when he attended St. John’s College. This Annapolis gentleman also served as Sheriff of Anne Arundel County and Mayor of Annapolis from 1767-68.

After the death of his wife the Upton Scott House went through a number of owners, as well as family disputes, until it was purchased by the Order Of The Sisters of Mercy in 1873. This religious order continued to own the house up to 1962. Over the course of their years of ownership the nuns converted the inside of the house into more of utilitarian setting so as to operate both a convent and teaching facility. The house was returned to private ownership in the 1960’s and was later purchased by it’s current owners in 1994 who completed restoring this grand house from Annapolis’s Golden Age into a single family residence.

The house is an example of the transitional Georgian style of architecture and in his time living here Dr. Scott laid out and planted an extensive garden, as well as nursery, of which the Doctor busied himself with up until his passing.

In looking at front of the house from Shipwright Street on the left hand side of the driveway one can see a solid brick two story structure that served as a horse or cow barn during Dr. Scott’s lifetime and was possibly used as a laundry facility by the Sisters of Mercy during their ownership of the house.

Consider taking in the views of Dr. Scott’s grand town house during your next walk on Shipwright Street,


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