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The Exterior Colors are Quite Distinctive

Late 18th and Early 19th Century Federal Style Architecture on Church Street in Annapolis Maryland June 17th 2017

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I actually had hoped to have taken a photograph of these two buildings at 113 and 115 Main Street, left to right respectively, well before today. I must say though that with vehicles constantly parked along the curb in front of it, as well as the seemingly daily presence of dozens of trash cans on the sidewalk each morning over the years, it has been quite a long wait indeed. In any event after having taken this photograph earlier I came to feel that yet another item can now be checked off my Annapolis historical architecture bucket list.

Certainly most readers will recognize this Main Street commercial facade, or perhaps an incarnation of it from years past, as for myself I tend to note its owner’s choice of exterior colors each time that I pass by it these days for they make me think of Christmas.

A couple of things about both buildings, first of all the shorter two story one on the left was built in 1790 for a Mr. John Allen Quynn, while its wider and taller neighbor was constructed for a Mr. Gideon White during the first part of the 1800s.

Both buildings today represent the Federal style of architecture, although the larger one featured the Second Empire style when a Mansard roof was added to it in the late 19th century. That same roof style was present in 1967 when the Rose and Crown Inn was located here as well as thru Fran O’Brien’s Restaurant presence during the 1970s and 80s.

Today both buildings sport a sheet metal clad Gable style roof that is more in keeping with its red painted brick facade. It is also interesting how O’brien’s exterior is similar to that of its sister restaurant on Market Space, the Middleton Tavern, although Middleton is painted more of a red clay color.

In any case today these 18th and 19th century buildings project a Federal ambiance out on Main Street. Oh I almost forgot to mention that Church Street was the name for Main Street in the 1700s.

Have a good day,

Glenn

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