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Italianate Cornice and Elliptical Window Arches

Early Morning Lights at the Circa 1885 A Owen Iglehart House in Annapolis Maryland April 15th 2017

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Standing outside Mrs. Iglehart’s building quite early this morning my attention was drawn to both the soft lighting visible from inside the front parlor, as well as the illuminated porch lights flanking the original period four panel wood door.

Mrs. Amelia Owen Iglehart’s 1885 house was built on a lot adjacent to a taller 18th century brick building, both having been owned at the time by St. Anne’s Parish of Annapolis. Having gained possession of the empty lot in 1884 Mrs. Iglehart set about having a two story three bay brick house constructed featuring Italianate details, including its bracketed cornice and elliptical arched windows. One other exterior architectural feature of this house worth conveying would be its English basement, with its entrance set beneath the brick step landing. By the way Mrs. Iglehart used her then newly built house as a rental property.

Mrs. Iglehart came to sell her building in 1896 and the following owners, the Coffmans, would use it for residential rental purposes as well. Interesting enough the building was sold by the Coffmans in 1910 to a Eugene Worthington Inglehart, son of Amelia Owen Inglehart, who owned it until 1917. Mr. Inglehart then conveyed the building to a Mrs. Emily Tilley, wife of Benjamin Tilley a 1867 USNA graduate as well as the first Naval Governor of Samoa from 1899 to 1901. Mrs. Tilley resided in the house, along with members of her family, although late 1920s records indicated that it was again being used for rental purposes. Mrs. Tilley would pass away in 1931 and by the following year her family had sold the building. Eventually there would be five successive owners until the early 1990s, who either resided in the house or rented it out over that same period. To the best of my knowledge, as well as my own personal observations, the English basement is currently used as an apartment while the rest of the house is a single family residence.

This now completes yet another early morning walk through Annapolis architectural history and thank you so much for coming along today.

Have a good afternoon,

Glenn

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