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U.S. Naval Academy, Griffin Hall, Annapolis, Anne Arundel County, MD



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Location
Griffin Hall, Annapolis, MD

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Created/Published
Documentation compiled after 1933.

Notes
Survey number HABS MD-329-9
Building/structure dates: 1917
Building/structure dates: 1953 demolished
National Register Number: 66000386
Significance: Griffin Hall was built in 1917 as an extension to Isherwood Hall by Flagg's disciple Jules de Sibour who had become consulting architect to the Academy. Griffin is a skinny rectangle (56' x 181') connected at its center by a two story hyphen to the southwest elevation of Isherwood. Not only does the principal facade of Griffin, its long southwestern elevation along Parker Road, mimic Flagg's side elevations for Isherwood; it is probably that Sibour simply reused the materials and ornament from Isherwood's central bay on the southwest which the hyphen now obscures. This central bay as utilized on both buildings is distinguished by double wood doors at the first story level and a carved relief sculpture of the Academy seal in place of a window at the second story level surmounted by a gable like break in the cornice line. Griffin Hall has, of course, the same materials and scaling as Isherwood. As such it is compatible with Ernest Flagg's Beaux Arts classical style. It does not do anything however, for the axial symmetry of Flagg's Beaux Arts planning. It should be considered that Flagg was running out of room when he sited Isherwood so it is perhaps not surprising that Isherwood's extension was even more awkwardly placed. When the time came to expand again, the prospect of balancing Griffin with an addition to the opposite side of Isherwood was defeated by the shoreline of Dorsey Creek. As with all the buildings of the Isherwood Complex, Griffin Hall's non-architectural significance lies in its association with the technological education of American naval officers and the expanding science of ship propulsion. However no significant research or technological discoveries are known to have occurred in the building.

Subjects
Military Education
Navies
Educational Facilities


Related Names
De Sibour, Jules Henri
Griffin, Robert S.
Unknown, Photographer
Earle, Lawrence P., Historian


Collection
Historic American Buildings Survey (Library of Congress)

Contents
Photograph caption(s): 
1. EXTERIOR, GENERAL VIEW, GRIFFIN HALL IN RELATION TO ISHERWOOD HALL
2. EXTERIOR, SIDE OF GRIFFIN HALL
3. EXTERIOR, DETAIL OF THREE CENTER BAYS ON SIDE OF GRIFFIN HALL
4. EXTERIOR, END ELEVATION
5. EXTERIOR, BRIDGE CONNECTION MELVILLE HALL AND GRIFFIN HALL
6. EXTERIOR, CORNICE DETAIL
7. INTERIOR, ROOF STRUCTURE AND CLASSROOM AREA
8. INTERIOR, STAIRWELL
9. INTERIOR, CLASSROOM
10. Photocopy of drawing (From Department of Navy, Public Works Office, Annapolis, MD) L.L. Merrill, Delineator, 1960 FIRST, SECOND AND THIRD FLOOR PLANS
11. Photocopy of drawing (From Department of Navy, Public Works Office, Annapolis, MD) L.L. Merrill, Delineator, 1960 EXTERIOR, DETAIL OF ENTRANCES
12. Photocopy of drawing (From Department of Navy, Public Works Office, Annapolis, MD) R.S.B., Delineator, 1960 EXTERIOR DETAILS OF WINDOWS IN STAIRHALL
13. Photocopy of drawing (From Department of Navy, Public Works Office, Annapolis, MD) R.M.C., Delineator, 1960 MISCELLANEOUS STAIR DETAILS


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