December 20, 2018 – Lewis Contractors has been engaged as the Construction Manager to carefully and accurately restore the historic James Brice House in Annapolis. The 18th century home is among the most well documented colonial building projects in the nation; surpassed only by Thomas Jefferson’s documentation of the decades long construction of Monticello and George Washington’s Mt. Vernon estate. Work at the Brice House is the most recent of Lewis’ long history of restoring significant structures such as the Basilica of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary; Homewood House Museum on the campus of Johns Hopkins University; The Walters Art Museum’s 1 West Mount Vernon Place; and even Monticello itself.
On December 6, 2018, this landmark home played host to a party of Maryland organizations dedicated to saving and restoring historically significant structures throughout the state. For perhaps the very first time, leadership and members of the Boards of Trustees from Historic Annapolis, Preservation Maryland, and the Maryland Historical Trust gathered together to celebrate their dedication to preservation and to tour the work of Lewis Contractors as the firm carefully restores the building using both 18th century and contemporary building techniques.
Led by president Tyler Tate, the Lewis team gave tours of the project explaining not only the completed work—that which is planned to restore the home as a museum and offices for Historic Annapolis—but also the 18th century building techniques being employed to restore the structure. Additional work will continue in subsequent phases as funding permits.