October 17, 2017 – The Charles Carroll House of Annapolis restoration project—completed by Lewis Contractors of Owings Mills, Maryland—was recognized by Historic Annapolis with a Historic Preservation for Reconstruction Award at the organization’s Annual Meeting. Lewis Contractors’ Project Manager Jeffrey Childs and Superintendent Chad Fisher oversaw the recent reconstruction of the 18th century porch entrance and were also recognized during the program.
In the early 1770s, Charles Carroll of Carrolton designed a new formal porch entrance facing Duke of Gloucester Street. The House’s historic porch had been removed in the late 1800s when a two-story passage was built between St. Mary’s rectory and the house. Through extensive archeological and historical research, Lewis’ restoration team was able to determine the proper design details and dimensions of the porch reconstruction. The work included restoration of the stone steps, bases, columns, and pilasters.
Fundraising began in 2011, and over the course of the next few years, sufficient funds were raised for this project. Funding was made possible through a state bond bill, board contributions, and private donations.
Lewis was chosen for this project in part because of their extensive historic preservation experience, knowledge of historic construction methods, and local presence in the Baltimore and Annapolis markets. The team of skilled craftsmen completed the reconstruction of the original entryway using historic methods whenever and wherever feasible. Now, for the first time in almost 150 years, visitors can enter the house through the doorway used by early visitors such as George Washington and Lafayette.