U.S. Naval Academy

Maryland Ave. and Hanover St., Annapolis, Maryland

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U.S. Naval Academy

1. SOUTH FROM CHAPEL DOME SHOWING WARD HALL AND SUPERINTENDENT'S QUARTERS AND GARDEN AND HOUSES ON PORTER ROAD

Photo from the Historic American Buildings Survey

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Description 

Melville Hall, built in 1937 along the line of Griffin Hall in the direction of Dorsey Creek copies the scale and materials of the earlier buildings of the Isherwood Complex in a rudimentary way that lacks their architectural detailing. Melville utilizes the same grey brick, granite, quoins, and copper cornice with cast iron anchors as the other buildings. It is the same two and a half story height as other buildings of the complex. Nonetheless it lacks the sculptured features and projecting entrances of the other buildings. Melville is poorly sited in reference to the Beaux Arts plan for the Academy by Flagg. To carry out the symmetry of this plan it should have been placed to the northeast of Isherwood as the mirror image of Griffin. Unfortunately the curve of shoreline prevented such a siting, and Melville was placed further along Decatur Road as an extension of Griffin. This arrangement obscured much of the water view of Dorsey Creek from Warden Field. Like the other buildings in the complex Melville's significant is associated with the technological education of American naval officers. However, no significant research or technological discoveries are known to have occurred in the building. -- Historic American Buildings Survey (HABS MD-329-10)

National Register information 

Status
Posted to the National Register of Historic Places on October 15, 1966
Reference number
66000386
Architectural style
Late 19th and 20th Century Revival: Beaux Arts
Areas of significance
Military; Education; Architecture
Level of significance
National
Evaluation criteria
A - Event; C - Design/Construction
Property type
District
Historic functions
College; Naval facility
Current functions
Naval facility; College
Periods of significance
1900-1924; 1875-1899; 1850-1874; 1825-1849
Significant years
1845; 1910
Number of properties
Contributing buildings: 15
Non-contributing buildings: 12

Update Log 

  • June 19, 2017: New Street View added by Michael Miller

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