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Annapolis Maryland Blog Photograph • 20th Century Georgian Revival and Circa 1860 French Second Empire Versions of the Government House • Tuesday July 19th 2016

Georgian Revival Style

The Government House on a Summer Afternoon in Annapolis Maryland July 19th 2016

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While the present day Government House, built in the 1930s, serves as a symbol if you would of Annapolis Colonial era architecture for both locals and visitors alike is it actually representative of the building’s true heritage? Certainly not the most popular or symbolic of historical visitor destination sites in the vicinity of State Circle, that of course is the Maryland State House, the Government House certainly is second.

Having taken more than a few photographs of the 20th century Georgian Revival style Government House over the years standing in front of it earlier in the day, I found myself pondering whether Annapolis historical architecture would be better off if the original 1860s French Second Empire style Governor’s Mansion had remained in place? Take a look for yourself.

The following is a vintage 1886 photograph of the French Second Empire style Government House seen along with the Maryland State House. This photograph is part of the Mame Warren Collection and presented here courtesy of the Maryland State Archives.

French Second Empire Style

Government House and MD State House as Seen from School Street 1886 Annapolis Maryland Photograph Courtesy of the Courtesy of the Mame Warren Collection at the Maryland State Archives

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While taken in black and white, as well as being a bit grainy in detail due to it age, personally I find the residence’s architectural appeal quite compelling and more so historically fitting considering its post Civil War date of construction.

Enjoy the rest of your day,

Glenn

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