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Annapolis Experience Blog Picture Of The Day – Starting With Two Floors And Ending With Three On This Cornhill Street House – Sunday June 29th 2014

A Transition From Federal To Italianate Architecture

An Early 19th Century Federal Style Residence In The Annapolis Maryland Historic District June 29th 2014

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This brick residence, located at the top of Cornhill Street in the Annapolis Historic District, is considered representative of Federal style architecture often found in the City, although the majority of them are of frame construction. Actually there are five or six other moderately sized brick residences of this same style and era along Cornhill making it a distinctive architectural characteristic perhaps not found elsewhere in Annapolis.

One noticeable exterior feature on this 1820’s house is its narrow width and seemingly disproportionate three story height. Typically Federal Style residences in Annapolis, whether constructed of brick or frame, are two stories high, which was originally the case for this building. During the later part of the 19th Century Italianate Style residences became popular with two of the more noteworthy ones having been built on Prince George and Charles Streets. Three stories in height and built of brick both the Gassoway-Feldmeyer House and the Issac Newton Richardson House were grand homes built for prosperous Annapolitans of the era.

By following the links, in the preceding sentence – to view both examples of distinctive three story Italianate style residences of the late 1800’s, and then taking another look at the residence pictured above one can see the third floor Italianate influences on the building. This Cornhill residence was altered, in the late 19th Century, that included a third story with Italianate accents in the cornice and roof line. Due to the dimensional limitations, imposed by the building’s overall width, even with its three story height this structure is influenced more so by its Federal style roots than its Italianate alterations.

In terms of the title of today’s blog post it came from the staggered or step like appearance of the residence that I experienced while standing in front of it. Notice how the side gate leads upwards toward the one story attached entranceway, which in turn is set beneath the roofline of a later addition set in the backyard, that itself leads up in the direction of the third story.

Have a great afternoon everyone,

Glenn

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2 comments to Annapolis Experience Blog Picture Of The Day – Starting With Two Floors And Ending With Three On This Cornhill Street House – Sunday June 29th 2014

  • Emily

    Hi!
    I came across this post today… this is my home! We have records showing that the third floor was added to the original 2-story structure in the 1870s. There was also an addition made to the rear of the home (the structure that you mention as belonging to a Fleet Street neighbor is actually part of this home) in the 1950s. We renovated the property in 2009 and added a courtyard with gated driveway in 2014.

    • anpbaystate

      Hello Emily,

      Thank you for your posted comment related to my photograph of the day back in June of 2014. Over the years I too have followed the changes to the outside of your lovely Historic District house. As to the single story structure that I referenced as belong to a Fleet Street neighbor that part of the post as been updated as a result of your feedback. As an aside I believe one of the first photographs of this house that I took years ago was of the walled side lot area prior to the gated driveway being added. Thank you again for you comment.

      Regards,

      Glenn

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