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Prominent Houses of Annapolis Maryland – A 1903 Queen Anne Craftsman Style Residence – May 22nd 2012

Prominent Houses of Annapolis Maryland Blog Post for May 22nd 2012


“An Introduction and Our First Post in the Series”

Welcome to the first article in our Prominent Houses of Annapolis Maryland series where we select one Annapolis house that, in our opinion, is considered to be representative of a distinctive style, design and/or historical significance. After having chosen a noteworthy house to be featured we then compose a single blog post that contains original photographs, taken by us depicting the selected residence from as many perspectives as we had access to at the time that they were taken, as well as related historical and background information on the house itself.

The idea behind this new Annapolis Experience Blog featured series originated from comments on our blog over the past year as well as from those of our Pinterest board followers. In fact the house that we are featuring here on this post was one that our readers had most requested that we post or pin additional images of for them to see. Our thoughts in developing this series was to begin with five or six photographs of the exterior of each residence and then solicit feedback from our readers as to any additional features that they would like to see as well. So please continue to send us your comments and we will look at the possibility of incorporating them into upcoming posts.

Now here is our first Prominent House of Annapolis Maryland blog post.

 

A 1903 Queen Anne Craftsman Style House on Southgate Avenue

Picture of The Front of a 1903 Queen Anne Craftsman Style House On Southgate Avenue In Annapolis Maryland May 5th 2012

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The first picture of this Queen Anne Craftsman style house was taken from directly in front of the residence which is located in the Murray Hill neighborhood of Annapolis. This house was built in 1903 as a residence and features a expansive wrap around porch, three gables on the third story as well as a tower like architectural feature on the right corner of the structure and one central chimney.

 

The Northwest Side of This 1903 Queen Anne Craftsman Style House

Picture of The West Side of a 1903 Queen Anne Craftsman Style House On Southgate Avenue In Annapolis Maryland May 5th 2012

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Here on the northwestern side of the residence one can see the clean lines of the white clapboard siding on the ground floor rising up to a band of blue fish scale like siding on the lower part of the second story. Then the white siding continues up until it meets the wooden trim work at the bottom of the third floor gable. It is here that the builders incorporated small pieces of wood positioned to give the appearance that they had used a Dentil molding with a wide gap to distinguish between the meeting of the second and third floors of the house. The siding on the exterior of the third story gable is covered in two types of ornate siding patterns – one in a standard overlapping roofing style effect and the other having been cut in a fish scale design, that continues up the side of the gable to the bottom of the eaves. In addition this third story gable contains a Palladian style window replete with muntins that form multiple patterns across it’s glass.

 

One of the Upper Gables of This 1903 Queen Anne Craftsman Style House and Main Door

Picture of The Front Gable and Entrance To A 1903 Queen Anne Craftsman Style House On Southgate Avenue In Annapolis Maryland May 5th 2012

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The entrance way to this residence is made up of a number of design and decorative features that begins with a simple set of wooden steps leading up to the front porch. Along the upper front facing boards on the roof of the porch lush green foliage can be seen that originates from the old growth vines that have been planted years ago along the plant beds that run the length of the porch. The leaves from these vines provide additional shade from the sun during the hot mid-Atlantic summers that we experience here in Annapolis.

The front room on the second story above the porch features a small balcony area that is accessible from inside the house. There is another gable on the third floor that features the same roofing and fish scale like siding patterns that we saw on the northwestern side of the house. One can also see the half circle recessed window just under the peak of the gable’s roof line.

 

The Entrance to This 1903 Queen Anne Craftsman Style House

Picture of The Front Entrance To A 1903 Queen Anne Craftsman Style House On Southgate Avenue In Annapolis Maryland May 5th 2012

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The front door is composed of a lower section with two recessed wooden panels and a upper single glass window pane all set in a solid wood border thereby defining it as an American Craftsman style door. In addition a window transom is positioned above the door frame that permits warm air to exit from inside the house as well as to facilitate cross ventilation.

 

A Southeastern View of This 1903 Queen Anne Craftsman Style House

Picture Of The Southeastern Side of a 1903 Queen Anne Craftsman Style House On Southgate Avenue In Annapolis Maryland May 5th 2012

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Here in the final picture of this post one can further appreciate not only the overall size of the front and side porch areas but also the role that the foliage from the old growth vines play in keeping the front part of the first floor cooler in the Spring and Summer time. It is amazing that today we talk about green roofing systems being used to help moderate building temperatures during the warmer seasons of the year and yet it seems that years ago the owners of this house had already put this concept to work for themselves.

On the third floor of the eastern side of the house we can see another gable that is sided and painted in the same style as the other two gables were that we have already seen. Also the multiple sides of the corner tower is more pronounced in this picture when seen against the profile of the exterior of the house from this perspective. Finally the depth of the house is certainly more noticeable as the side of the house is seen continuing past the picket fence and into the backyard.

Well that completes our look at the exterior of this 1903 Queen Anne Craftsman style residence and hopefully you too can see why we think that it is one of the “Prominent Houses of Annapolis Maryland“.

Remember to look for more posts in this series here on the Annapolis Experience Blog,

Glenn

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