The screened porch was designed as an extension of the kitchen/family room space; stained ipe clads the floor.

Sense of History

Architect Charles Anthony conceives a spacious porch overlooking the Chester River for a traditional Chestertown home

A couple looking to retire to the Chesapeake Bay area fell in love with a scenic property on a bluff overlooking the Chester River near Chestertown, Maryland. They hired architect Charles Anthony to design a home that would suit their tastes as well as the site. “Their basic requirements were that the house fit within the Eastern Shore vernacular, but not be another brick Colonial,” Anthony recalls. “They wanted their new home to feel as if it had a history.”

Working with Winchester, a custom-building firm, Anthony conceived a 19th-century-style gabled abode that looks as if it had been added onto over time. A gracious front porch welcomes guests while two back porches—one open and one screened—provide serene yet striking river views. The screened porch was designed as an extension of the kitchen/family room space; stained ipe clads the porch floor, while a painted-wood railing conjures a traditional vibe and a sense of the past.

Architecture: Charles E. Anthony, Charles E. Anthony Architects, PC, Annapolis, Maryland. Contractor: Winchester, Millersville, Maryland. Landscape Architecture: Crowther Landscape Architecture, Lynchburg, Virginia. Photography: Anne Gummerson.