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Source: Baltimore | Annapolis | Eastern Shore defined as Anne Arundel, Baltimore, Caroline, Carroll, Cecil, Dorchester, Harford, Howard, Kent, Queen Anne’s, Somerset, Talbot, Wicomico, and Worcester Counties and Baltimore City. Information included in this report is based on data supplied by Bright MLS and its member Association(s) of REALTORS, who are not responsible for its accuracy. Does not reflect all activity in the marketplace. January 1, 20 – December 31, 2020 as of January 10, 2020. Information contained in this report is deemed reliable but not guaranteed, should be independently verified, and does not constitute an opinion of Bright or Long & Foster Real Estate, Inc. ©2020 All rights reserved. Luxury is defined as homes $750,000 and above.


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With 35 years of experience as a full time realtor I have had the privilege to work with over 550 buyers and sellers. I specialize in working with families, seniors and investors. Working together with the Long & Foster Fine Homes I continue to have a great referral business. Raising my four now adult children in Annapolis has given me a huge prospective of the area. If you or someone you know needs help with their real estate needs, please call or email me today.

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Abby has lived and worked in Annapolis for 11 years and loves helping her buyers find their dream homes. She uses her design skills and her own professional staging to help her sellers get a quick sale at the right price. Abby dedicates herself to each client as if they were her only one and continues to be a friend and a resource to you in Annapolis long after you have bought or sold a home. She lives in Eagle Pointe with her husband David (USNA Class of ’91) and their 3 children.

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Jeannie was awarded #6 of all new real estate agents in the Baltimore, Western Region of Maryland in 2018 for Long & Foster. Jeannie was also Rookie of the Year for 2018 in her Annapolis Fine Homes office. Jeannie has been lucky to call Annapolis her home for most of her life. Jeannie is a 14 year resident of a water oriented community in annapolis. She currently serves as vice president of her neighborhood board of directors, and is management on her neighborhood swim team. Jeannie is a trusted advisor, a true professional, and a top sales leader.

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CONTENTS

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Ever Changing Light Architect, landscape architect, and interior designer team up to create a one-of-a-kind home on Gibson Island.

Neighborhood Visit

The Maritime Republic of Eastport

This feisty neighborhood is rich in history and character, and home to one of the oldest African American communities in the country.

Rising from the Ashes of History Learn about Cloverfields, a rare 18th century manor, and its faithful restoration to its former Rococo glory.

The High-Heeled Gardener

The Gardenia’s Powers

This ancient beautiful shrub has many hidden powers. Read on to learn more.

DEPARTMENTS

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Publishers’ Letter Robert’s Picks AIA Honor Winners Beauty Room | Protect Your Skin

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High Design | Colorful Seating Home and Professional Services Guide Beyond | European Yacht of the Year

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Boathouse designed by HD Squared Architects.

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My Favorite Room We asked a handful of architects, builders, and

designers which room is your favorite. Read on to see what they picked!


Publishers Kymberly B. Taylor Robert E. Haywood Editor Kymberly B. Taylor Creative Director Ryan Gladhill Senior Designer Samantha Gladhill Director of Advertising & Business Development Elizabeth Davis Executive Assistant Amber Trainer Photographers David Burroughs Helen Norman Donna Weaver Writers Christine Fillat Sherri Marsh Johns Dylan Roche Copy Editor Patricia Stainke Finance Barb Eilertsen

Photo by Donna Weaver

PUBLISHERS’ LETTER

After a long winter with COVID restrictions, most of us are now vaccinated and eager to get outdoors. Beautiful gardens can make your own home an outdoor haven. That is definitely the case with the waterfront home featured on our cover: a glass house that opens onto and reflects lush plantings, sensitively designed with the Chesapeake environment in mind. This superbly designed home demonstrates what a creative team can achieve when working in unison. The key to building a great home that can last for generations is to assemble a complete team of professionals early on. The team that created the exquisite interior and exterior of this home included an excellent architect, landscape architect, interior designer, and a top craft builder who brought the designs and ideas to fruition. We showcase more area talent in My Favorite Room where seven architects, designers, and a builder selected a room they recently completed and tell us what is special about it. Our story on Cloverfields is the first we will publish on this exceptional restoration project on the Wye River. This story, an introduction and progress report, will be followed by another on the completed home and its spectacular gardens in a subsequent issue. In a day when we all spend so much time on our computers and phones, magazines and books remain more valuable than ever. With that in mind, we dedicate a great deal of time to every single page of each issue, eager to ensure we are offering you both a thoughtful reading experience and a visual feast.

Kymberly Taylor & Robert Haywood Publishers Annapolis Home is published bimonthly by Taylor Haywood Media, LLC. No part of this magazine may be reproduced in any form without express written consent of the publishers. Publishers disclaim any and all responsibility for omissions and errors. Publishers disclaim any and all responsibility for an advertiser’s products, services, or claims. The views expressed in this magazine are solely those of the writer. All rights reserved. © 2021 by Taylor Haywood Media, LLC.

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Robert’s Picks 1

The two-letter word “so” carries a lot of weight in the English language. It can function as an adverb, a conjunction, an adjective, and more. When doubled for emphasis, what is the difference between “so-so,” punctuated with a hyphen, and “so, so,” divided by a comma? These intricacies are explored in Kay Rosen’s language-based artworks. Her SORRY exhibit is now on view at the entrance of the East Building at the National Gallery of Art through the summer. As the NGA explains, SORRY also poses questions such as: Whose big voice might be expressing sorrow? The museum’s voice (which is temporarily closed)? The voices of the artists? To whom is the apology directed? And sorry for what? The artist leaves that open to interpretation.

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So, with that introduction to Kay Rosen, it is good news that the National Gallery of Art will reopen on May 14. Other Smithsonian museums will also open in May. We can never remind ourselves too often that we have the world’s largest museum and research complex— almost at our doorsteps. For information on the reopening schedule, visit si.edu

Kay Rosen, SORRY, East Building, National Gallery of Art, 2021

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The First Sunday Arts Festival runs from May to November on West Street in Annapolis, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Live entertainment, arts and crafts, and dining fill the streets. To learn more about the festival, admission, and parking, as well as how you can support local artists and craftspeople, visit firstsundayarts.com.

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In our annual publication, The Faces of Annapolis, we researched and compiled a list of great day trips for you. The Annapolis, Baltimore, and Washington D.C. region offers so much to do and see that I myself always appreciate anyone who provides this type of calendar of events. You can read about our suggested day trips for every month in Faces at annapolishomemag.com

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One particularly noteworthy day trip on our list is the must-see Glenstone Museum in Potomac, MD. It is truly one of the great architectural and artistic treasures of Maryland. It’s popular and admission is limited, so be patient when trying to obtain tickets. It’s worth it. glenstone.org

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In this home overlooking the Magothy River, three separate volumes are connected by a glass room, that, as a dining area, also functions as the home’s central hub.

E V E R C H A N G I N G L I G H T By Kymberly Taylor


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hen one puts a match to dry tinder, there is a satisfying flash, a blaze just as the fire begins. Something similar happens when architect, landscape architect, and interior designer work together early on: if conditions are right, the embers ignite. In such homes, there is often a high level of creativity, from gardens to roof peak to interiors. This is the case with a second home on Gibson Island designed for a family from the metropolitan area. The couple wanted a place where their young children could grow up and later return with their own families to savor old memories and create new ones. Gregory Ehrman AIA, partner at Hutker Architects, was able to design a modern home with private and public spaces, where children could be closely watched when younger and allowed freedom when older. There are three separate structures connected by a glass-enclosed hyphen-like room, that, as a dining area, centers the house. It is surrounded by a generous living room with tall cathedral ceilings, a barn-like garage with map-lined bunkroom, a kitchen with master suite above, and a two-story wing with three-bedroom suites, plus a family room.

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Many of the furnishings and art were pieces the Girtmans collected in their worldwide travels create an interesting counterpoint to the interior architecture details.


Grassy terraced steps and retaining walls solve grading problems and are permeable surfaces that help manage rainwater and runoff. Vol. 12, No. 3 2021 35


A Chesapeake garden softens the home’s architectural planes, providing year-round interest and habitats for birds and insects.

The loggia on the main floor and the balcony porch on the second floor offer outdoor access from most rooms in the home. Vol. 12, No. 3 2021 37


Hardscapes are composed in a simple palette. Random irregular bluestone paving contrasts with the white cedar shingles and dark gray stucco of the house.

“A Chesapeake garden is not a formula or prescribed approach, but a n i n t u i t i v e r e s p o n s e t o t h e g a r d e n ’s surroundings, which are always changing.”

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In the glass-walled dining area, exterior materials such as cedar planking are carried into the interior, blurring the lines between inside and out.

“The original home was a colonial ‘box’ set smack in the middle of the view,” he recalls. The glass room, however, transports visitors right to the water the moment they approach the house, explains Ehrman. In fact, the way one approaches a home is crucial to good design. “Planning a landscape early on is essential—we can’t think about a house without thinking how to get there,” he says. They agreed that the home’s geometric angles could be softened by a wild garden designed by Campion Hruby Landscape Architects. With its different roof planes and angles, this home has a definite geometry. The garden counters and blurs these edges, explains Ehrman. Yet, it has its own structure, but one that is wind-driven: shifting forms and planes reveal themselves as the sun travels across the sky. “The thing that makes a garden wild is that there is no apparent geometry,” explains Hruby. “There is a wildness; a naturalism is achieved. Weeping things are punctuated by the vertical; all is animated by the wind.” Ehrman calls what Hruby and his team bring to the project “local know-how” and much more. With knowledge of the topography, soil, and grading protocols, and of how plants behave and respond to the environment, they pull together many bits and pieces for the architect who can better create a sustainable, unified whole.

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Interior designer Lauren Leiss creates a comfortable, colorful interior that has a welcoming feel.

For example, the grassy terrace steps and low stucco walls within the gardens achieve an aesthetic intrigue but also correct the grade, create flat, usable space, and draw nature toward the house. There are plants with different textures and habits, explains Hruby. The garden is also devised to attract bees and other pollinators. The movement of insects on the plants brings the garden alive. By leaving the garden intact through all four seasons, birds and animals find natural habitats and insects have a chance to lay eggs, thus providing food sources for the animals. He points out how the home’s modern sensibility and angles between buildings shape the garden. This is not a beaux arts garden, with linear allées and hedges driven by symmetry, or classical sculptures as focal points “where an urn may have to be placed in a precise spot,” he says. Rather, this garden is shaped by land and unfolding views. “The plantings have a tranquil calming effect on stark geometry. Though wild, it still feels ‘designed,’” explains Hruby. “There is a sculptural element: a sculpture that you walk through.” A closer look at the plantings reveals many sturdy native plants and resilient grasses. With its soft palette colors and windswept beauty, it certainly has the look of a “Chesapeake

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A spontaneous array of rush-colored dome pendants recall the wild grasses and wetlands of Gibson Island, the subtle browns of the summer soft crab. Vol. 12, No. 3 2021 41


A detached screen porch and pool pavilion extend the yearround home’s livable space during warmer months.

garden.” But what exactly is that? “A Chesapeake garden is not a formula, or prescribed approach, but an intuitive response to the garden’s surroundings, which are always changing,” explains Hruby. Interior designer Lauren Leiss understands change and draws from the seasonal flora and fauna for inspiration. For example, the rush-colored dome pendants in the living area speak to the natural grasses as they age throughout the seasons. The blues, wheats, and creams reference the hues of a shucked oyster upon its shell, the delicate browns and translucent oranges recall the soft crab in early summer, and the many blues reference the subtle accumulation of color that distinguishes the blue crab. This kind of integration is what makes this home successful, what makes it a landscape and “an architecture of ever-changing light,” says Ehrman. A visible conversation flows between the interior design and the plantings and creatures, interlacing the home’s architecture, the gardens, and the Bay itself. It is an example of the creative powers possible through interdisciplinary collaboration, when even the interstices, the empty spaces, encourage a deeper relationship with the natural world. AH ARCHITECTURE: Hutker Architects, hutkerarchitects.com, Vineyard Haven, Massachusetts | LANDSCAPE ARCHITECTURE: Campion Hruby Landscape Architects, campionhruby.com, Annapolis, Maryland | INTERIOR DESIGN: Lauren Liess, laurenliess.com, Great Falls, Virginia | BUILDER: Michael Banks, The Banks Development Co., banksdevco.com, Washington, DC For more photos of this project, visit annapolishomemag.com 42

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Favorite MY

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We invited seven area architects, designers and builders to share with us a recent completed room that is among their favorites. We also asked them to tell us which features about the room they most appreciate.

DALE OVERMYER,

AIA

In order to fully enjoy this garden year-round, we designed a minimalist conservatory to extend the current living space without taking anything away from the surrounding landscape. Complete with its own HVAC, the garden is accessible every day, and with only an umbrella of glass between guests and the elements, it’s especially entertaining and dramatic to dine out in stormy weather!” Overmyer Architects, overmyerarchitects.com, Washington DC Photographer: Gordon Beall

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In this room, the wall collapses and allows for a true indoor and outdoor living experience. It was also an inexpensive way to give the feeling of more square footage. The family room is true hub in this home. The kitchen, living room, home office, and floating staircase to the upstairs bedrooms all touch this family room and allow for the family to be ‘connected.’” Joy Design+Build, joycustom.com, McLean, Virginia Photographer: Greg Hadley


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I designed this living room incorporating a handsome mix of furnishings in order to create an eclectic space. The smaller size of the room inspired me to place the furniture in a comfortable arrangement that would promote conversation, intimacy, and relaxation. The large sliding glass doors open to reveal a well-appointed garden that acts as an extension of the living room interior space.” Patrick J. Baglino, Jr. Interior Design, pbaglino.com, Washington DC Photographer: Elliott O’Donovan


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Eastport is still a working mariner’s town; however, it has its share of posh restaurants flanked by marinas and working boatyards. Photograph by Craig Hudson

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SETTLED IN 1655 AND FOUNDED IN 1868, Eastport may not have a single cobblestone or renowned 18thcentury mansion like Annapolis, its neighbor just across the bridge. Nevertheless, Eastport, an independent town until annexed to Annapolis in 1951, grew up alongside Colonial Annapolis with a fascinating history all its own. Mostly farmland for its first 200 years, 18th-century gentry raised racehorses and livestock to feed the early Colony. Here is where 19th and early 20th-century bugeyes and skipjacks pulled up to Back Creek’s McNasby Oyster Company and delivered oysters by the thousands that were shucked, culled, and packed, where tobacco was exported, and guns, sugar, and rum were imported.

the violence of the Jim Crow era, segregation, and the complications of integration. “It is a place where we learned to forgive, what is good, and to hear of local kids’ successes like going to college,” she recalls. Today, during Black Lives Matter, it is especially important. “I have never seen such hate in the nation; we don’t project that kind of hate here.” What many may forget about Eastport is that entrepreneurial African Americans created communities open only to Blacks during a time when white laws prohibited their actions. George Washington Davis, prominent in the emerging Black community, owned a sweet shop in the 1930s, built and rented houses on the peninsula, and opened a bar—now called Davis’ Pub—for the African American community. Blacks at the time were not allowed in Caucasian-owned restaurants.

Eastport became the backbone of a burgeoning maritime economy in young America. In Eastport, with true grit free blacks, indentured servants, and slaves newly freed following the Revolutionary War settled, started businesses, families and owned their own homes. The assortment of folks who lived in Eastport during that period included watermen, boatwrights, glassmakers, domestic workers, oyster shuckers, and meatpackers. And once the Naval Academy was established in 1845, it provided jobs and created more housing for its workers.

In 1931, Elizabeth Carr Smith converted her waterfront acres on Bembe Beach into summer leisure accommodations. The Peerless Rens Club at 409 Chester Avenue was informally conceived in the 1920s by twelve black men who started a basketball club and needed a safe place to socialize. The Peerless Rens Club was made official in 1956 and today has its own building with over 85 members. Stephanie McHenry’s grandfather, Charles Smith, was one of the founders. Women joined as well, becoming the Rennettes, resplendent in black dresses and white gloves.

Self-declared The Maritime Republic of Eastport with its own flag in 1998, Eastport is still a salty working port today, but filled with many more professionals. The narrow avenues and wharves are lined with small locally-owned shops, boatyards, sailmakers, working marinas, yacht clubs, bars, breweries, and restaurants. Racing takes place on Wednesday nights. Many renowned America’s Cup sailors and international boat designers and naval engineers quietly live here. Nationally known sailing races, including the popular Annapolis Bermuda Race, begin at the venerable Eastport Yacht Club.

Her uncle Ernest Smith, called Smitty, number 10 of 12 children, attended segregated Eastport Elementary School and Bates High School in the 1930s and then obtained a barbering license in Baltimore. “There wasn’t a whole lot of drama, we more than halfway got along. The Blacks knew where they could go,” he recalls. Instead of going to college, Smith became a licensed barber in 1965 and worked cutting hair at the Crownsville Mental Asylum until 1981, when he took a job at The Naval Academy. While working at the Academy, an opportunity presented itself. “The managerial position came available, and all the other Blacks didn’t apply—they didn’t think they would get the job.” Smitty applied and managed the barbershop until he retired in 2014. His sister, the youngest child, worked there for 30 years doing dishes, and Smitty’s father managed the mess hall.

Charming streets are jammed with bungalows, frame cottages, Victorian-era homes and a scattering of modern architecture. Though million-dollar yachts are docked nearby, plenty of boats of all sizes race, work the waters, or cruise. Homes today often begin at one million, although no matter the price of a home, attire and attitudes are casual. Eastport is home to one of the oldest African American communities in the country. Its historical gems include the Peerless Rens Club and Mt. Zion United Methodist Church, founded in 1896 on Second Street. “This is our church, and it remains in the same spot it was built upon,” says long-time Eastport resident Stephanie McHenry. Mt. Zion centered the Black community in good times and bad, during

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Things are different now, he says. “If you told someone you lived in Eastport back then, they thought you were crazy. “Mac” of McNasby’s Oyster Company hired workers during the summer months; sometimes you saw Chinese there. People were brought in from everywhere,” he notes. McNasby’s was across the street from his family’s home, which he still lives in today. “There was Randall’s slaughterhouse down the street where the hogs made a lot of noise and blood would run down the street,” he says. Things have indeed changed. From the early 1980s on, this little peninsula has been slowly discovered by the world, with white


1. 1931-1932 Unknown Eastport Elementary School, grades 4, 5, 6, and 7 of segregated black school Accession No.: MSA SC 21401-534 Location: 33/02/02/26 | 2. 1927-1930 c. Unknown Cecil Blades’ ice truck parked in front of Suit’s Grocery Store, Eastport. 1927 Dodge 4 cylinder truck. Blades lived at 11 Cathedral Street. Accession No.: MSA SC 2140-1-324 Location: 33/02/02/25 | 3. Unknown Eastport bridge and Annapolis. c.1910 Accession No.: MSA SC 2140-1-644 Location: 33/02/02/26 | 4. 1973-1983 c. Unknown Davis’ Tavern, 400 Chester Avenue, Eastport, African-American owned and operated business Accession No.: MSA SC 21401-533 Location: 33/02/02/26 | 5. The Peerless Rens Basket Ball Team | 6. The Renettes, women’s auxiliary Peerless Rens Club Historical photos courtesy of the Maryland State Archives. | Peerless Rens Club photos courtesy of the Peerless Rens. Vol. 12, No. 3 2021 61


The Annapolis Maritime Museum was origianlly founded in 1986 as the Eastport Historical Society. It was renamed the Annapolis Maritime Museum in 2000. It is located inside the McNasby Oyster Packing Co. building. professionals and families buying up homes and land—many from Washington, D.C., who wanted to be closer to their boats. However, it is still anchored by a feisty working-class demeanor; sailors rule the streets, a marina subculture prevails, and tugboat operators and captains delivering yachts up and down the coast hang out at local waterholes such as The Boatyard and Davis’ Pub. The only slaughter taking place these days is the annual tug of war between Annapolis and Eastport called “Slaughter Across the Water.” The Back Creek side of Eastport and the Spa Creek side are equally expensive “gold coasts.” Boats of all sizes are docked at the wharves, small commercial crabbers set their pots, while recreational boaters maneuver around them. The African American community, though much smaller, is strong. McHenry notes that “history is still being made here.” She is right. African Americans hold public office in Annapolis and Eastport and for the first time in history, the position of Maryland Speaker of the House of Delegates is held by African American female Adrienne A. Jones. The marinas and boatyards produce at full speed and sailboats and small working craft ply the waters. The Navy’s 62

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PT training ships routinely practice their maneuvers in the Severn River basin as they did in the 1800s. Mt. Zion centers an affluent African American congregation and now is open to everyone, notes McHenry. Davis’ Pub still serves up their famous steamed shrimp, but now they serve everybody. People love living in this eccentric neighborhood. What distinguishes Eastport from Annapolis, and what we hope will always be preserved, is its free-spirited independence, declared by its own flag, so that no one has a chance to forget the “Maritime Republic of Eastport.” AH


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Built in 1705, Cloverfields’ classical form prefigured by decades the Georgian-era mansions that followed.

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Cloverfields: A Progress Report By Sherri Marsh Johns Photography courtesy of Cloverfields Preservation Foundation and Annapolis Home A team of professionals is collaborating to faithfully restore Cloverfields, a rare example of early 18th-century architecture tucked away on the Eastern Shore. Read on to learn about original owner Philemon Hemsley, formal terraced gardens, intriguing artifacts, and a host of architectural features not seen for hundreds of years. Cloverfields’ early restoration, sponsored by Cloverfields Preservation Foundation (CPF), is highlighted in Part One of this series. Part Two delves into the final restoration of the home and the resurrection of magnificent terraced gardens. Groundpenetrating radar helped inform architect and landscape architect Devin Kimmel’s formal design, whose plant list called for a spectacular 62,560 bulbs and 692 boxwoods. 74

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William Hemsley updated his grandfather’s house with stylish woodwork that included this elliptical arch with keystone rising up to engage the cornice, but elected to retain the original walnut staircase. Shown here is the second-floor drawing room, notable for its unusual use of plaster to imitate paneling.

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William Hemsley (1736-1812) painted by John Hesselius.

H istory of a Gr an d C o lo n i al M an si o n In 1705, Philemon Hemsley (1670-1719), a wealthy planter and successful merchant, finished work on a house on the Wye River that was the envy of his Eastern Shore neighbors—the likes of which most nativeborn colonists had never seen. With approximately 300,000 bricks manufactured on site by skilled enslaved and indentured workers, Cloverfields was one of the largest houses of its time. Philemon was one of five children born to William and Judith Hemsley (1634-1685 and c. 1633-c. 1686), who emigrated in 1658 from England where they had lived secretly as Catholics. The Hemsleys quite possibly came to Maryland— then a proprietary colony owned by their fellow Catholic, Charles Calvert, third Baron of Baltimore—to escape the violent religious persecution and discrimination in Oliver Cromwell’s Puritan England. Through architecture, the Hemsleys presented the world with a carefully crafted image of wealth and power, but the reality of life behind the grand façade was far more complicated. Letters describe family struggles with physical and mental illness—and medical treatments often more dangerous than the disease—all providing new insight into colonial life on the Eastern Shore of Maryland. Philemon’s grandson, William Hemsley (1736-1812) eventually inherited the house and engaged Philadelphia’s finest craftsmen to assist with redecorating Cloverfields in the highly fashionable Rococo taste. More than sixty years passed before the grand Annapolis mansions of Brice, Paca, Ridout, and their wealthy cohorts surpassed Cloverfields in size and style. Unfortunately, after William’s death in 1812, his descendants could afford little more than necessary repairs. When Cloverfields was sold outside of the family in 1897 to the Callahan family, the new owners consciously preserved the main dwelling by installing what then were considered modern amenities in a Vol. 12, No. 3 2021 77


Cloverfields as it appeared at the turn of the 20th century following its purchase by Thomas Callahan.

Expert mason Raymond Cannetti oversaw the careful removal of residual paint and made repairs to the 1705 brickwork.

new rear wing. Thanks to the century-long stewardship of the extended Callahan family, when the Cloverfields Preservation Foundation (CPF) purchased the house in 2018, it remained in good repair and looked much as it had during the time of the Hemsleys. CPF hired custom builder Lynbrook of Annapolis and Devin Kimmel of Eastport-based Kimmel Studio Architects to undertake the daunting task of restoring Cloverfields to its former Rococo glory when the family’s prestige had reached its apogee. Lynbrook and Kimmel were part of a specialized team led by building and landscape architect and veteran architectural historian, Willie Graham. A leading authority on restoration and building analysis, Graham has worked on many of the country’s most important historic buildings. The team collaborated with engineers, masons, historians, craftspersons, archaeologists, dendrochronologists, and even geophysicists, to determine how to resolve the structural problems threatening the building’s existence, and to develop a course of action. More than three years later, work on Cloverfields is nearly complete and the 62,560 bulbs in the terraced gardens are in bloom. What Lynbrook president Ray Gauthier finds exciting is that during the restoration process, he observed master building techniques and meticulous craftsmanship that simply no longer exist. Striving to match these exceptional standards brought his own company to its highest level. “From the start, our mission has been to save as much original building fabric as possible and accurately recreate missing elements using traditional materials and techniques. We went into this with the mandate to carry out the work in a manner beyond reproach.”

What Makes C love r f i e l ds Sp ec i al Those fortunate enough to live near Annapolis may not immediately recognize the features that distinguish Cloverfields from other stately 18th-century mansions in the area, but upon closer inspection, superlatives come easily. First, Cloverfields is one of the oldest buildings in Maryland, firmly dated through dendrochronology (tree ring analysis) to 1703-1705. Second, it is one of the most intact houses from that period. Its many exceptional features include the oldest surviving staircase south of the Mason Dixon Line. Third, as a home built during the reign of Queen Anne, it was one of the first dwellings in the region to use classical details that would later become commonplace in Georgian architecture. Architect Devin Kimmel explains, “one of the most significant contributions of Cloverfields to the history of American architecture is its classically-inspired cornice. Classical details were extremely rare in 1703-05 but would become commonplace soon after. So here we have an example of Cloverfields being ahead of its time in that sense, as a precursor of classical architectural details.” The second reason why the cornice is relevant is that “unlike its recent European counterparts, the cornice is integrated into the structure of the building. The structural quality proves that the cornice was planned from the outset. The cornice is, therefore, an experiment with both building methods and classical architecture.” Cloverfields was a leader, one of the first examples of how European classical details were adapted to the idiosyncrasies and experimental spirit of this side of the Atlantic. 78

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Brick construction was a rarity in 1705 Maryland and houses of Cloverfields’ caliber are extraordinary. Seen here are the elaborate triple-stack chimneys and a gable wall accented with silver-gray glazed bricks. The diagonal line of bricks at left shows the break between the 1705 house and 1769 rear second-story addition.

This modillion cornice is one of the earliest known domestic examples in the Chesapeake.

Cloverfields’ extraordinary size, remarkable brickwork, and exceptional number of windows could not fail to impress a visitor in 1705. Many of Philemon Hemsley’s contemporaries endured Maryland’s relentless heat and bitter winters in something best described as a one-room wooden shack. Due to the cost and labor associated with brick, period builders often used wood in such unlikely places as fireplace chimneys (complete with a chain to pull it away in the not-unlikely event of fire). Even families with greater means routinely crowded together in houses measuring less than 500 square feet of space. Only wealthier households enjoyed a modicum of luxury that typically included a brick chimney, plaster walls, and a glazed window or two. It is in this humble context that Cloverfields’ comparative magnificence is best appreciated. With two stories plus an attic and full-height cellar, totaling 6,998 square feet of space and a footprint of 8,022 square feet, Cloverfields presented as one of the largest houses in the Chesapeake. In an era when glazed windows were an expensive luxury and closets a novelty, Cloverfields was conspicuous for its thirtythree windows, including one inside each of the four closets. As late as 1798, well after William Hemsley had completed his expansion and remodeling, only onefifth of rural houses were built of brick, two-thirds still had a footprint of 500 square feet or less, and glazed windows remained a costly option.

The large angular object extending up from the floor is known as a “bent” principal rafter—and another of Cloverfields’ exceptional features.

When asked what made Cloverfields special, the late renowned architectural historian and Annapolitan Orlando Ridout V listed more than a dozen unique or rare features, concluding, “You roll all that into one house, and it is a major icon of the early Chesapeake. Get the picture?” Vol. 12, No. 3 2021 79


Part Two of this series will focus on the restoration of Cloverfields’ extensive gardens, located with the use of ground radar and planted with 62,000 bulbs.

U nusual Fin d s When Applied Archaeology and History Associates Inc. conducted excavations in the cellar, they unearthed a slight depression where they found a range of items, including two different leather shoes, a horseshoe, pieces of glass, a single lead shot, and fragments of a variety of faunal remains. AAHA’s archaeologists believe this bundle, consciously placed beneath the cellar stair in the first half of the 19th century, may represent a form of African-American spiritual practice performed throughout the American South. Rooted in West African tradition, buried caches such as these represent a method by which African Americans preserved their cultural identity and expressed a subtle form of resistance.

Ens l aved Wo r k e r s’ Vital R o l e The cellar bundle provides a reminder that, as with most colonial mansions, Cloverfields comes with a complicated past that includes a legacy of slavery. Enslaved craftsmen were essential in the building of Cloverfields, and for more than a century African Americans were compelled to carry out the onerous day-to-day work associated with plantation operations. William Hemsley’s letters express concern for the welfare of those he called his “black family.” At the same time, he naively voiced genuine surprise when four of his enslaved men ran away for what he deemed “no good reason.” The elder Hemsley’s view on slavery contrasted with that of his son, also named William, who found the practice morally insupportable and in his will freed the enslaved persons he had inherited. Cloverfields’ historian has discovered the names of many of the enslaved individuals and families who lived at Cloverfields, and CPF is committed to recognizing their contribution and honoring their legacy. AH

PROJECT MANAGEMENT AND RESTORATION: Lynbrook of Annapolis, lynbrookofannapolis.com, Annapolis, Maryland ARCHITECTURE AND LANDSCAPE ARCHITECTURE: Kimmel Studio Architects, kimmelstudio.com, Annapolis, Maryland To learn more about the Cloverfields Preservation Foundation and its team of professionals, visit cloverfieldspreservationfoundation.org Sherri Marsh Johns is the founder of Retrospect Architectural Research and a member of the Cloverfields Preservation team. A subsequent story will focus on the completed restoration and landscape, currently in progress, with McHale Landscape Design in charge of the installation. 80

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Native to China, it was traders from the Far East who first introduced the gardenia to Europe in the 1700s, a time of great cross-continental collaboration. English merchant John Ellis and Swedish naturalist Carl Linnaeus traded the gardenia for native American plants offered by Scottish-born naturalist, Dr. Alexander Garden, who lived in Charleston, South Carolina. Garden propagated the gardenia so successfully, that Ellis named it in his honor. The second part of the name “jasminoides” references its scent, closely related to jasmine. Long recognized for its mood-enhancing properties, the gardenia is the subject of much research. The Chinese were perhaps the first to become aware of this beautiful plant’s potency. Dating back to the Song Dynasty (9601279 AD), they have harvested its orange, berry-like fruits—known as Zhi Zhi or Cape Jasmine fruit—to treat irritability, stress, and insomnia. Scientists are finding that the same compounds in a gardenia’s scent have mechanisms similar to those found in barbiturates and anaesthetics, such as Propofol. Merely smelling these isolated chemicals reduces anxiety and promotes sleep, at least in mice. They hope to discover whether similar results may be replicated in humans. 84

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The gardenia needs just the right spot in your garden where it can receive morning sun and afternoon shade. Humidity is essential, so purchase a sprayer and mist your gardenia every day. To encourage good drainage, plant the root ball high—one or two inches above the ground—or in a pot, the same size or a little larger than the plant. Plant in acid soil with a Ph between 6.5 and 7. Top this with about two inches of organic matter such as Leafgro. Two weeks after planting, apply a granular acidbased fertilizer. Keep soil moist but not soggy. Now, some complain that the gardenia, though beautiful, is hard to grow. I prefer to think that when a plant has a problem, it “talks to you.” Let’s just say that the gardenia is a “talkative plant.” Pay attention. The best thing is that it expresses itself quickly and you have time to fix the problem if you act fast! For example, I bought a gardenia recently and its lower leaves immediately turned yellow. I learned that I had over-watered it. I removed the yellowing leaves, watered one inch a week only, and it recovered. When some of its blossoms dropped off, I realized I had put it out too soon. It was below 65 degrees, and gardenias, it seems, do not like cool temperatures. Now, when the weather is in the 70s, I have it out on my back patio and it’s filled with blooms. The flowers will fade to a dark cream, much like a spent magnolia blossom; remove them and new buds will open soon. A garden brings light into the mind. As the gardenia’s piquant bouquet drifts towards you and the swan-white whorls capture the sunlight, your mood can’t help but brighten; you will start to believe again that all things are possible. How else can a common flower have so much complexity, an essence that conjures Cleopatra’s perfume or an Elysian field? Out of the dark earth, the gardenia springs, impossibly perfect. The gardenia is unusual in that it grounds the body in the moment yet hints at a tangible sweetness just out of reach. The scent is intense but so elusive that it borders on sorrow. When it has found its equilibrium, with your help, its perfume will drift upon the air to find you and change you. AH Gardenias need nutrients to produce so many blossoms. Feed them with an acidic, slow-release fertilizer such as those used for azaleas or camellias. For the organic gardener, blood meal, fish emulsion, or bone meal work well. Gardenias grow well in the southern regions, especially in South Carolina, Georgia, and Virginia. Maryland’s Chesapeake Bay counties are ideal. This classic southern plant does not appear in New England, where the climes are cooler. So, we are lucky to have Maryland’s humid summer days, where the gardenia thrives.


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