Location: Chestertown, Maryland
Historic Wickes, ca. 1769, located in bucolic Chestertown, Maryland is a notable example of surviving Georgian residential architecture. It has been described as the Eastern Shore's "stately mansion" built by the Wallis family and has also served as a tavern, hotel, and residence of Senator Ezekial Chambers.
JMA Preservation was retained to return the home to its original charm, to create spaces in the basement and add a new addition for family life and entertaining.
Although much of the integrity of the original construction and subsequent alterations were intact, there were major structural problems, defunct mechanical and electrical systems and water intrusion.
A new compatible addition was constructed to replace the dilapidated sun porch at the rear of the house and to provide views and access to the garden.
A new stair way leading from the Sunroom to the rehabilitated basement club rooms achieves the seamless flow desired between the two levels with serviceability from the Kitchen as well.
Each room in the original main block of the house had the original plaster, trim, and loblolly pine floors restored. The slate roof was completely replaced and the dormers, cornice, and trim work were faithfully reproduced in Spanish cedar. The 6/6 windows and shutters were repaired and restored.