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c. 1747; 1906 rear ell addition. 7 Church Cir.
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Original owner William Reynolds operated a tavern named the Beaver and Lac’d Hat in this two-and-a-half-story gambrel-roofed structure. Characteristic colonial Annapolis features here include internal slab chimneys and an early use of all-header brick bond. The distinctive four-brick belt course enlivens the facade by following the segmental arches of the first-floor windows. In 1812 the building was converted into a banking hall and then bank officer’s residence for Farmers Bank of Maryland, the first bank in the nation to pay interest on deposits. Prominent bank officials lived in the structure until 1935. A proposal to demolish the vacant building and build a gas station mobilized prominent Annapolitans to save the former tavern. The Library Association of Annapolis occupied the property until 1974. After a restoration in the mid-1980s, Reynolds Tavern again houses a restaurant, bar, and overnight accommodations.

Writing Credits

Lisa Pfueller Davidson and Catherine C. Lavoie



  • 1746


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Lisa Pfueller Davidson and Catherine C. Lavoie, "REYNOLDS TAVERN", [Annapolis, 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, 67-67.

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