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SAPFM Chapter News and Discussions => Chesapeake Chapter => Topic started by: Mark Maleski on March 09, 2018, 04:36:52 PM

Title: Annapolis Historic House Tour: 24 March 2018
Post by: Mark Maleski on March 09, 2018, 04:36:52 PM
Greetings SAPFM members!  On Saturday, 24 March 2018, members of the Chesapeake Chapter are invited to tour 2 homes in historic Annapolis, MD.  We've partnered with Historic Annapolis to schedule a group tour package specially for SAPFM members:   

Itinerary (24 March):

10-11:30am – Decorative Arts Tour @ William Paca House
11:30-2:00 - Lunch on our own, walk to James Brice House
2-3:30pm – Hard Hat Tour @ James Brice House (42 East Street)


Paca House Decorative Arts Tour:  This five-part Georgian mansion was built in the 1760s by William Paca, one of Maryland’s four Signers of the Declaration of Independence and the state’s third Governor. Carefully restored by Historic Annapolis beginning in 1965, today it is recognized as one of the finest 18th-century homes in the country. Guided tours of the house, which features period furnishings and paintings, reveal the inner workings of an upper-class household in colonial and revolutionary Annapolis.
More information on the house is here:
More information on the decorative arts tour is here:

Brice House Hardhat Tour:  James Brice was a lawyer and planter and acting Governor in 1792. His five-part Georgian house was one of the largest and most elegant of Annapolis’s historic mansions. Work began on April 14, 1767. Seven years, 326,000 bricks, and 90,800 cypress shingles later, the house was completed at a cost of just over £4,014. Historic Annapolis is restoring the James Brice House to its completed 1774 appearance, and provides guided tours to groups such as ours. Expect not to see much furniture, but a fascinating look into the architecture, 18th century construction details, and modern restoration methodologies.
More information on the house is here:
More information on the hardhat tours may be found here:
As an extra point-of-interest for those who just participated in the Riversdale House visit, Henri Joseph Stier lived in the Brice House prior to building Riversdale (according to Wikipedia, but no citation provided). 

Cost: Total cost for both tours is $28/person. (Group tour payments are processed as one transaction, so we will need to pool our individual payments on the day of the event.)

What to do Next:  If you're ready to sign up, email [email protected] to that effect (list any spouses or guests you'd like to bring).  We have a maximum of 28 (and if we get that large we'll break into 2 groups, with the second group starting at the James Brice House).  We'll acknowledge your email and then send periodic reminders to participants as we get closer to the date.

Thank you!
Mark Maleski & Charlie Driggs, your SAPFM Chesapeake Chapter leads
Title: Re: Annapolis Historic House Tour: 24 March 2018
Post by: Mark Maleski on March 26, 2018, 05:29:14 PM
The Chesapeake Chapter would like to thank Historic Annapolis for hosting us this past Saturday.  Curator Robin Matty led us through a white-glove tour of the William Paca house, where we were allowed to open drawers and drawers and crawl underneath the furniture.  We examined numerous period pieces, including several pieces by Annapolis maker John Shaw.  One of the highlights of the tour was the Shaw-Chisholm-Faris (-Peale?) tall clock that Bruce Shuettinger helped research and restore. (Bruce is the featured presenter at our upcoming chapter meeting).

In the afternoon, the Public Outreach Manager, Jennie Schindler, and our docent Kathy led us on a hard-hat tour of the James Brice house. On this tour, we were able to see the beginning of the restoration of this fantastic 18th century mansion.