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A Quiet Morning on Maryland Avenue

Italianate Style Facade of a Circa 1880 Storefront and Second Floor Apartment in Annapolis Maryland on July 24th 2017

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It was a quiet morning on Maryland Avenue in Annapolis where I found myself taking time to examine the assorted facades set along Alexander Randall’s late 19th century developed mixed use City street. The majority of period buildings on it were built to serve multiple purposes with the ground floors occupied by a variety of merchants and businesses while the upper floor(s) were rental apartments.

This particular circa 1880 building’s first floor storefront served as the George Davis tailoring shop for over 20 years, beginning in 1900, while later between 1922 and 1953 it was a stationary and office supply store. Then in 1970 the Maryland Municipal League purchased the building and after renovations both floors were used for the organization’s offices. Somewhat more recently, in 1992 actually, the building was sold and upon yet another renovation the first floor once again became a retail store space while the second floor reverted to use as an apartment.

While the bracketed Italianate influenced cornice on the upper facade is original the ground floor windows are not, nor is the front door. Actually both the previous door and widows were quite decorative if not stylish in appearance, however they were replaced over the course of the 1992 renovation. It was perhaps during that same time when the original clapboards were replaced with today’s green aluminum siding.

Have a good week,

Glenn

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