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Circa 1850 Eleanor Hollidayoke House on an Overcast Morning in Annapolis Maryland July 29th 2017

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Over the course of the last few weeks I have been rereading the late Annapolis architectural historian Orlando Ridout V’s book “Architecture and Change in the Chesapeake: A Field Tour of the Eastern and Western Shores“, which seemingly has been just as interesting to read today as it was for me years ago. Mr. Ridout’s exploration of the Chesapeake Bay’s period architecture in his book is not only insightful but serves to augment the historical and social context in which the noted buildings and houses that he studied existed.

So what does this book of Mr. Ridout’s have to do with today’s photograph of the day well Mr. Ridout had resided in this circa 1850 Federal style Historic District house after having purchased it in 1983 with his wife Barbara Cooper. In fact the house itself was in such a state of decay at the time that the City of Annapolis had, or was about to, condemn the house. After its purchase Mr. Ridout set about renovating as well as documenting both the grounds and house. Mr. Ridout continued his ownership of this house after its renovation until his passing in April of 2013.

In any event I was on a nearby street conversing with a property owner about the windows on their house this morning when afterwards I opted to walk over to King George Street to checkout the progress on a renovation project currently underway. Along the way I happen to pass by this circa 1850 barn red hue house that was originally built for a Mrs. Eleanor Hollidayoke, the same one previously noted as having been owned by Mr. Ridout. As such with my thoughts on Mr. Ridout’s book in mind a photograph of this house seemed quite in order.

I can’t wait until tomorrow as the current forecast calls for sunshine and temperatures in the 70s,

Glenn

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