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Annapolis Maryland Blog Photograph • Both a Shop and Restaurant Occupy the c1790 Residential Building of John Allen Quynn • Sunday August 28th 2016

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Originally a Circa 1790 Single Residence Built for Mr Allen Quynn in Annapolis Maryland August 28th 2016

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Publisher’s Note: This photo journal entry features the second period building or house to be included in the 18th Century Architecture of Annapolis Series. In the future as weather conditions, natural lighting and an absence of location clutter permits additional buildings and houses from the 1700s will be posted as well. The goal in assembling this annotated collection of my photographs and curated content related to these 18th century structures is to present each of the 90 or so 1700’s historical buildings found in the City of Annapolis today. Each of the previously posted entries in this collection are available here.

Walking past these decorative, and in one case colorful, businesses early in the morning had me wondering if any visitor’s to Annapolis, or locals for that matter, realize that these buildings were built in 1790. Actually what is seen today as two separate buildings were originally constructed as a single Federal style residence for a Mr. John Allen Quynn.

Mr. Quynn was a merchant, Justice of the Peace, City coroner, and Judge of the Orphans Court who in addition served as a legislative delegate for 25 years. Note that available research documents associated with Mr. John Allen Quynn convey his year of death as 1836 while there was also an Allen Quynn that served as Mayor of Annapolis on four different occasions and died in 1803. In any event by the early 1800’s Mr. Quynn had rented out his Main Street building to a Gideon White, an active member of the Methodist Church community. As for Mr. White it is interesting to note that a Mr. Gideon White served as Mayor of Annapolis from 1811 to 1812.

Artistic and designer consignments, along with steaks and a raw bar aside, perhaps this bit of Annapolis architectural history might make for a good trivia night question. I’ll leave that up to Ms. B to decide.

By the way did you know there are over ninety buildings and residences built in the 18th century that are still in use in Annapolis today? At least according to my own research and photo library collection assembled over the last nine years. Oh and of those ninety two structures twelve are located on Main Street, although a number of those are kind of behind the scenes so too speak. If by chance Annapolis 18th century architectural history is of interest consider keeping an eye out for upcoming selected photo journal posts as well as on new media content presentations.

Enjoy the rest of the day everyone,

Glenn

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