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Built for a US Naval Academy Cobbler

C1880 James Tier Italianate Influenced Tenant House in the Historic District of Annapolis Maryland May 27th 2017

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It seems that today’s walk in Annapolis had me once again crossing paths with a late 19th century house associated with the US Naval Academy. While previous daily blog posts of mine have depicted 1880s houses built for, owned or occupied by officers, musicians, carpenters, stone as well as brick masons, facilities engineers, night watchmen, and even a sword master associated with the Academy today’s featured Historic District house was built for a Mr. James W. Tier, operator of an Academy cobbler shop.

In fact the lot on which the house was built in the mid 1880s was first owned by his father one James Curtis Tier, himself a patternmaker at the Academy. Yet another first it seems by including that particular occupation on my daily blog, in addition to his son James W. Tier having been an afore mentioned cobbler.

In any event the house’s presence along the street denotes Italianate influences, especially along its bracketed cornice, although there are suggestions of both Greek Revival and Federal styles.

Mr. Tier would own this house until 1908, renting it on occasion to Academy officers and staff, when it was sold to the Elliott Family that in turn owned it until 1971. Shortly afterwards the house was conveyed to St. John’s College for a period of four years or so. After that the house would go on to have well over six owners as a single family residence over the next 40 years.

Quite a succession of owners and occupants in its relatively short history of 137 years one could say, at least by Annapolis standards, although it is not surprising to know that it has been associate with both the US Naval Academy as well as St. John’s College during that time.

Have a good evening everyone,

Glenn

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