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Many consider Annapolis’ historic district a museum without walls. Maryland’s capital is filled with Colonial Era architecture, making it a wonderful place to visit for lovers of design and American history. Tourists have the unique opportunity to discover the city’s most noteworthy examples of 17th and 18th Century architecture on the ArchiTrex tour. Presented in partnership with Historic Annapolis, a non-profit organization dedicated to preservation, the tour will become available again in May.

Annapolis’ historic treasures will be highlighted by knowledgeable guides on the ArchiTrex tour. Attendees will be taken through several of the most remarkable examples of architecture in the city built over the past three centuries. Integral to the development of the tour is the collaboration of local architects and preservationists. Information provided during the ArchiTrex tour was reviewed and authenticated by the historians of Historic Annapolis (HA).

HA Bios of Tour Guides

“Craig Martin is a Licensed Architect in the State of Maryland and one of two partners of SPIRE Architecture, designing residential and light commercial projects in the Annapolis/Baltimore/DC region. SPIRE works closely with local craftsmen and contractors to offer full service design and construction integration and recently had one of their home projects awarded the First-Place Gold Medal for the 2014 Maryland Custom Home of the Year (3500-5000 sq.ft.). Notable works locally are the completion of the new Annapolis Smokehouse and Tavern, which opened in December 2012, as well as 5 local “Home of the Week” projects in the Annapolis region.”

“Leslie Xavier’s passions for architecture, art and archaeology have driven her career and volunteer work. She has over 30 years of experience in the design, detailing, research and construction of structures ranging from residences to signature bridges. During her professional career, Leslie worked with local architects as well as international firms. As an artist, Leslie sees architecture as a living art form. She brings a technical forensic eye to the discussion of the unique architectural fabric that defines Annapolis. Leslie’s volunteer work includes giving tours at the William Paca House, Charles Carroll House and Historic Annapolis Museum. Leslie also volunteers at Historic London Town’s archaeology lab.”

ArchiTrex Historical Sites

Shiplap House – A pre-Victorian house, circa 1715.

James Brice House – Construction began 1767 on this elegant historic mansion.

Patrick Creagh House – Brick house built 1735-1747 by local craftsman.

Maryland State House – Oldest state capitol in continuous use since 1772.

Hammond Harwood House – Designed by architect William Buckland 1773–74.

Chase Lloyd House – Three-story Georgian mansion dating from 1769–1774.

Tour Details

Dates (Saturdays Only): May 13 & 27, June 10 & 24, July 8 & 22, August 12 & 26,

and September 9 & 23

Time: 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.; 2 hour walking tour

Admission: $22/Adults; $14/Children 3-11; 2 and under free

Starting Point: Information Booth at City Dock, 1 Dock Street, Annapolis, MD

For More Information & Reservations: ArchiTrex Tour

Your Inn Near ArchiTrex

The ArchiTrex starting point on 1 Dock Street is less than half a mile away from Gibson’s Lodgings, a historic inn located in downtown Annapolis. Call us to reserve your room at our toll free number (877) 330-0057. We’ll be very happy to serve you and your family throughout the year.

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