Indexes

Archives

Annapolis Maryland Blog Photograph • The East Brick Wall Profile of a Circa 1780 House in the Historic District • Saturday July 15th 2017

Altered to a Two and a Half Story House in the 1850s

The East Brick Wall Profile of a Circa 1780 House in the Annapolis Maryland Historic District July 15th 2017

Click on Photograph to Enlarge

These two conjoined Federal style brick houses were actually built as a one and a half story single family residence in the 1780s for the Brice Family of Annapolis on land that was part of today’s notable 1766 Brice House. The property was conveyed to John Brice III in 1782, who in turned bequeathed it to his daughter Margaret Smith in the early 1820s, who retained ownership of the house and lot until 1842 when it was sold to a non-family purchaser.

During the 1850s the house was extensively renovated, as well as heightened to two and half stories, by the then owners John and Mary Barber, even so it remained a single family residence. Unfortunately in 1882, due in part to the owners financial difficulties, the house was divided as well as deeded into two separate properties and sold to different owners.

It was with the early history of the house in mind that I found myself pondering the appearance of the original c1780s house during my morning walk. Certainly as I did one can denote the one and a half story darkened outline of the 1780s house and its gambrel style roof on the east facing brick wall. Furthermore upon a closer examination one can also make out the two flanking bricked in first story window openings with their brick arches. In addition the slightly faded second story bricked in windows appear superimposed on the upper part of the original house’s outline. Finally one can discern the two different types of aged bricks that were used in the construction of the wall in the 1780s and 1850s respectively.

It is believed that due to the previously noted mid 19th century renovation, as well as the 1880s division of the house into two residences, a fair number of its 18th century architectural details were subsequently lost. Certainly alterations by late 20th century owners have also contributed to the loss of original period features inside the house. With all of that being said I still find this east exterior wall depicts quite nicely the house’s 18th century height as well as depth along with its overall period profile.

I am often amazed by the amount of actual 1700s history that one can experience during a walk in the Historic District, such was the case earlier in the day.

Have a great weekend,

Glenn

This Blog is Copyright © 2017 Annapolis Experience
All images contained within this Blog are Copyrighted © 2017 G J Gibson Photography LLC
Annapolis Maryland Blog – Circa 1780 and 1850 Federal Architecture Photography
No part of this article, including photographs, can be used without the permission of Annapolis Experience and or G Gibson Photo Art except under the fair use component of U.S. Copyright Law
The East Brick Wall Profile of a Circa 1780 House in the Historic District
Contact us here with any comments or questions about the Annapolis Experience Blog
Annapolis Architectural Historian – Pinterest – This Place Matters – Saving Places
Visit us at Annapolis Experience
The East Brick Wall Profile of a Circa 1780 House in the Historic District
Follow us on Twitter @GlennAnnapolis
Annapolis Photographs – 80 and 82 East Street in the Historic District
For high resolution images of photographs included in this post Contact Us

Save

Save

Save

Save

Save

Save

Save

Save

Save

Save

Save

Save

Save

Save

Save

Save

Save

Save

Save

Save

Save

Leave a Reply

  

  

  

You can use these HTML tags

<a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <s> <strike> <strong>