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Past Residence of a US Naval Academy Watchman

Circa 1885 Victorian Mansard Style Shannon Family House in Annapolis Maryland June 6th 2017

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It certainly was a pleasant afternoon for a walk in the Historic District so as to take in the various examples of its period residential architecture. Set in the shade this narrow yet tall c1885 Victorian frame house with grey German siding caught my attention as I was heading down to Acton Cove.

While only two bays in width its presence is notable being that it is the first of a group of five contiguous late 19th century townhouses built for a Mr. William Butler in the latter part of the 19th century. It seemed that Mr. Butler had gained ownership of the land where he would have five single family houses built from the estate trustee of a noted overextended property owner and bank president.

No long after its construction this particular house was purchased by Josephine and Michael Shannon. Mr. Shannon’s occupation at the time was that of a US Naval Academy watchman, once again another City house with an association to the Naval Academy. Mr. Shannon would continue to live in the house after his wife’s passing until his own death in 1927. It is also notable that the house remained in the Shannon Family until 1962.

The house today appears somewhat recently painted while featuring dark grey German siding complemented with black shutters, white wood millwork and a yellow six panel front door. Note the carved wood frieze accenting the second story cornice, as an aside the pattern on it is comprised of a curved letter H with a trident symbol in the middle. Also the Mansard roof with its wooden shakes clad facade featuring two double hung windows with period caps is most eye catching as well.

The Shannon’s house represents a fine example of late 19th century small to medium scale Victorian style residential architecture in Annapolis today.

Have a good afternoon,

Glenn

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