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Anne St. Clair Wright’s Chippendale Garden Bridge

Footbridge Over a Spring and Barren Branches at the Paca House Garden in Annapolis Maryland February 16th 2017

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Catching sight of this reproduction Chippendale style garden footbridge earlier in the day served to remind me of Mrs. Anne St. Claire Wright’s many contributions in both preserving as well as reclaiming historical sites and architecture in Annapolis Maryland over the years.

Certainly one of her more herculean historic preservation efforts was coordinating the raising of $250,000 for a group of like minded citizens to be able to purchase the old Carvel Hotel complex, with support from the State of Maryland as well, so that it could be restored to the former grandeur of William Paca’s 18th century house and gardens. A monumental project itself that she was well involved at a number of levels.

The Chippendale inspired footbridge seen above is a replica of the one depicted in the background of 18th century artist Charles W. Peale’s portrait of Mr. Paca. The funds to recreate this footbridge came from Mrs. St. Claire Wright herself who had donated the proceeds from an award she received from the National Trust for Historic Preservation.

As for today’s photograph I was taken by the way these barren winter tree and shrubbery branches provided an almost web like foreground for Mrs. St. Claire Wright’s footbridge. As an aside if it wasn’t for the efforts of preservation minded individuals like Mrs. St. Claire Wright the William Paca House and Gardens, a place many locals and visitors alike visit each year, would today be a Best Western Hotel.

Have a pleasant day,

Glenn

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