Sunday, August 29, 2010
I would like to take you to Annapolis, State Capital
The plan of Annapolis sets the church and state in their own prominent circular yards bound by a circular street with radiating streets, like spokes of a wheel. The radial streets seem haphazard and run into each other, not evenly spaced like the spokes of a wheel because the hubs are located so close to each other. The results are narrow streets that meet at odd angles, allowing for interesting "flat iron" buildings at those corners, dramatic views and odd lot shapes. The 1700s town seems medieval.The dome of the Capitol draws one up through footpaths between the blocks. I missed the Maryland History course in the public schools. Wow! Quite the claims to fame, Maryland State House! Nice birds-eye-view visitor maps, drawn by an architect/planner I would bet.