Annapolis, Town Plan, Annapolis, Anne Arundel County, MD
Town Plan, Annapolis, MD
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Documentation compiled after 1933.
Survey number HABS MD-1076
Building/structure dates: 1695 initial construction
Significance: In 1695 Francis Nicholson, Governor of Maryland, conceived an idealized Baroque city plan of streets radiating from two circles to be superimposed on the existing colonial town grid of Annapolis. The Nicholson Plan exists today in somewhat modified form. The circles are State and Church Circles, and have evolved from pure circles to irregular ovoids. Elements like Bloomsbury Square and the garden southeast of State Circle (known in 1743 as Public Circle) were never fully realized and streets like Cornhill were added.
Cities & Towns
Nicholson, Gov. Francis
Sankowski, Jennifer C., Delineator
Historic American Buildings Survey (Library of Congress)
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