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Late 1760s; 1830s remodeled. 201 Port Tobacco Rd.
  • (Lisa Pfueller Davidson and Catherine C. Lavoie)
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La Grange represents the emergence within the Western Shore of the classically inspired Georgian plan and design aesthetic. The prominent two-story, two-room-deep, center-passage house with hyphened wing includes such high-style Georgian features as an elaborate Palladian pavilion front with pediment, triple blind-arched loggia, and fluted pilasters. At the same time, La Grange exhibits elements indicative of early Chesapeake architecture such as frame construction with brick end walls and pent chimneys. The kitchen wing was originally freestanding, and evidence suggests it may have been flanked by another dependency; it was later joined to the main block by the current hyphen. Much of the interior first-floor details indicate stylistic updates during the 1830s, while the second floor retains its original baseboards and bolection-style chair rails. It was built for physician James Craik, friend and neighbor to Gustavus Richard Brown at Rose Hill. The two properties were built at the same time and share similarities, both academically and regionally inspired.

Writing Credits

Lisa Pfueller Davidson and Catherine C. Lavoie



  • 1765


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Lisa Pfueller Davidson and Catherine C. Lavoie, "LA GRANGE", [Laplata, Maryland], SAH Archipedia, eds. Gabrielle Esperdy and Karen Kingsley, Charlottesville: UVaP, 2012—,

Print Source

Buildings of Maryland, Lisa Pfueller Davidson and Catherine C. Lavoie. Charlottesville: University of Virginia Press, 2022, 36-37.

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