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Iron Fence an 1895 Castle and Perhaps a Witch Hat

Government House Iron Fence and Gate on Southeast State Circle in Annapolis Maryland March 6th 2017

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Early in the morning I found myself contemplating the connection that School Street has had between State and Church Circles, and vise versa, over the past three hundred plus years in Annapolis. Yes perhaps like myself many of you also either walk or drive around each of these historic circles on a regular basis, thank you Governor Francis Nicholson (b1655 d1728) for your baroque inspired vision in having them laid out at the time, however I believe that it is School Street, short as it may be, that fuses them both into a singular historic setting.

With all of that being said my recent observations on both circles began early in the day on the southeast side of the Government House, specifically along a curved section of wrought iron fence near the entrance gate to the Governor’s Mansion. Following along the right side of the photograph above one would descend down along State Circle in the direction of Lawyer’s Mall, however my attention at the time was being drawn in the opposite direction towards School Street as seen in the photograph directly below.

 

State Circle at School Street Down to the Circa 1895 Pythias Castle in Annapolis Maryland March 6th 2017

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It was by simply turning to the left from where I was standing at the time, when taking that photograph of the Government House fence and gate, that my eyes began to follow the brick surface of upper School Street as it descended past the former circa 1895 Pythias Castle building, today offices of the Maryland State AFL-CIO. This perspective of where State Circle meets School Street also afforded a view along both the curve of the Government House fence line as well as that of the adjoining commercial buildings located on lower School Street.

 

East Side of Historic St Annes Church from Lower School Street in Annapolis Maryland March 6th 2017

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Upon walking down School Street, almost to where it meets Church Circle, I paused so as to take this photograph depicting the back or east most side of Historic St. Anne’s Church. As an aside did you know that the entrance to the first St. Anne’s Church built on Church Circle actually faced up School Street to the Maryland State House? Of course that was three church buildings ago but it spoke to the strong relationship between the Anglican Church and the Maryland Colonial Government three hundred years ago.

Anyway on this late winter morning I found, in an offhanded kind of way and with no disrespect intended, that the sight of the church steeple centered over the building’s rounded back roofline from this perspective looked like a witch’s hat, well it could be seen that way even without out that much of an imagination.

Well thank you for trailing along on this morning’s virtual walk on the circles and if an opportunity presents itself consider taking a stroll along State Circle, following it on to School Street and then down to Church Circle, for it truly is like traveling back in Annapolis history.

Have a good week,

Glenn

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