Inside Annapolis |
do the Markers Mean?
The town of Annapolis, Maryland is filled with beautiful
historic buildings, lovingly restored and maintained by both private
citizens and the Historic Annapolis Foundation. The historic markers
used by Historic Annapolis Foundation, HAF, were designed to identify
noteworthy buildings in Annapolis to provide information on the
architectural period of that particular building, and to be decorative.
They help make spotting and identifying the historic Annapolis
buildings much easier for visitors interested in our rich history.
In fact, the town has more surviving colonial buildings than any
other location in the country. For the marker's design, HAF chose
The Liberty Tree, a tulip poplar which, until recently due to
age and heavy damage from Hurricane Floyd, stood proudly on St.
John's College campus and was believed to be nearly 400 years
old. Pre-Revolutionary War meetings held under the tree by the
Sons of Liberty were the basis for its name and, even in its absence,
the site continues to be a popular attraction. Today, Annapolitans
and visitors alike are turning their attention to the descendant
of The Liberty Tree, nicknamed Son of Liberty, and the cultivation
of a second descendant, from Newton's famous apple tree!
are color-coded as follows:
17th century (1684-1700)
18th-century buildings of national importance
designate 18th century or Georgian Federal
Greek Revival (1820-1860)
Victorian Period (1837-1901)
19th/20th-century vernacular (1837-1930)
20th-century distinctive (1901- Present)
There are building of many different
periods and styles lining our streets. Historic Annapolis Foundation
retains ownership of the markers and reserves the right to remove
a marker if a property's architectural integrity is diminished
by a proposed alteration. The Historic Annapolis Foundation may
ask a property owner to complete restoration or maintenance work
before awarding a marker. The markers are awarded only to buildings
that are both worthy of recognition and maintained in a quality
appropriate to the architectural significance of the building.
Therefore, anytime you see one, you can rest assured that the
owners of that building are taking very good care of it, and that
it will be available for viewing by other Annapolis visitors --
perhaps another 300 years from now! Enjoy our beautiful city.