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A Window into Architecture: The Gibbs Surround at the Hammond-Harwood House Museum

Apr 1, 2020

A Window into Architecture: The Gibbs Surround at the Hammond-Harwood House Museum By: Rachel Lovett, Curator & Assistant Director Have you ever noticed the elegant window that graces the stair hall of the Hammond-Harwood House? In this post you will learn where the design comes from and reasons why our architect included it in the […]

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Palladian Connection

Sep 4, 2019

The house ranks architecturally with many of the great mansions built in the late Colonial period; however, it is the only house directly inspired from a plate in Palladio’s, I Quattro Libri dell’Architettura. It is arguably the most exquisite house remaining from the Colonial period in America. Architect William Buckland cleverly adapted Palladio’s Villa Pisani […]

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The Other Hammond House

Dec 14, 2012

By Educational Program Coordinator Tara Owens Occasionally, the Hammond-Harwood House becomes confused with another Hammond house in Maryland, the Benson-Hammond House. It is easy to see why this happens, as both have hyphenated names containing the surname Hammond. However, these are two distinct houses in different locations that happen to be linked together by a […]

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18th Century House, 21st Century Museum

Jul 27, 2012

The Hammond-Harwood House is lucky enough to have interns and volunteers who use their unique skills and talents to accomplish projects that add immeasurably to the experiences we are able to offer to the general public. One current example is summer intern Jeran Halfpap, a rising senior at St. Mary’s College, who created a 3-dimensional […]

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Pop Quiz

Jun 19, 2012

What feature, found in only a handful of 18th-century homes, does the Hammond-Harwood House share with the Warner House in Portsmouth, New Hampshire? I’ll give you a minute to think about it. The answer is…doweled floors! Using dowels rather than nails to attach floorboards was more complicated and therefore significantly more expensive. Warner House was […]

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Inspired by Hammond-Harwood

Mar 29, 2012

By Intrepid Intern Tara Owens Famed architect William Buckland is the man responsible for the design and details of the Hammond-Harwood House.  Buckland’s architectural style was greatly influenced by the Italian architect Andrea Palladio (1508-1580).  In fact, the Hammond-Harwood House is based on Palladio’s design for the Villa Pisani (see pictures below). Just as Palladio […]

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Friday Photo: Simple Ceilings

Oct 21, 2011

This is not a simple ceiling. It’s also not at the Hammond-Harwood House. This is one of the ceilings in the Chase-Lloyd House, our neighbor across the street. The interiors of the Chase-Lloyd House were designed and executed by William Buckland, who was also the architect of the Hammond-Harwood House. We don’t have any ceilings […]

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Friday Photo: Architectural Details

Aug 19, 2011

Today we had a training session for the docents who lead our special Architecture Tours, so it seemed only appropriate to show you a picture of one of the unique architectural features on the Hammond-Harwood House. William Buckland based the design of this bull’s-eye window on a plate in James Gibbs’ A Book of Architecture.

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Mini Hammond-Harwood House

May 25, 2011

Narcissa Niblack was born in Indiana in 1882. As a young woman, she traveled extensively with her family in both the U.S. and Europe, collecting pieces of miniature furniture as she went. As an adult, she lived in Chicago with her husband James Ward Thorne but continued to travel and collect miniature items. In 1930, […]

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