On the Trail of William Buckland; the Beginning and the End


The Hammond-Harwood House

Months ago my wife and I planned a trip to Annapolis with some friends, long before the subject of the 2014 Working Wood Symposium was decided. (Before our shop study trip to MESDA, and our trip to Gunston Hall.)  We reserved a room at a b&b in the historic district that backed to the Naval Academy. Prior to our trip we reviewed which historic sites we would visit and realized that some of William Buckland’s finest interiors were within two blocks of where we would be staying! The Hammond-Harwood house was not a disappointment. The front door architrave is considered one of the most attractive period entries and just a foretaste of what’s inside.


Front Street-side Entry

It was especially interesting to see some of the same architectural details used at Gunston Hall.


Cornice molding

Unfortunately Buckland didn’t live to see the completion of this fine home, dying at the age of forty in 1774, but his last work is certainly impressive.


Interior Architrave


Overmantel, Dining Room

Allison Titman, assistant director and curator, guided us through the home.  Her contagious enthusiasm and depth of background information made our visit extremely rewarding.

An added delight (well worth the visit in itself) is the period collection of furniture that fills this home.  Among the furnishings are a number of John Shaw pieces several of which are signed!


John Shaw Desk and Bookcase

      I’ve just shown you the tip of the iceberg. You need to see this place for yourself.


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