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

Quintessential Georgian Architecture

Picture of The 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 note throughout the history of Annapolis – one of them no longer exists, my feeling is that there should have been thirteen houses of historical note including the Dr. Upton Scott House as seen pictured 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 sometime between 1764 and 1765. At the time that his house was being built this portion of Shipwright Street bordered on the waters of Spa Creek, which today is at least four hundred yards further away 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 Virginia.

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

Dr. Scott was the Great Uncle of Francis Scott Key, who lived in the Upton Scott House while he attended St. John’s College, 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 and was eventually purchased by the Order Of The Sisters of Mercy who owned the house from 1873-1962. The nuns converted the inside of the house to a more utilitarian style of usage as a convent and teaching facility. The house was returned to private ownership in the 1960’s and was purchased by it’s current owners in 1994 who completed restoring this grand house of the Annapolis Golden Age back to a single family residence.

The house is an example of the transitional Georgian style of architecture and in the time that Dr. Scott lived there it contained an extensive garden area of which the Doctor busied himself with right up until his passing.

In looking at front of the house from Shipwright Street on the left hand side of the driveway you 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.

So here is another historical building to see on a walk along Shipwright Street,


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