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Property Name: Mount Airy
Date Listed: 4/13/1973
Inventory No.: AA-160
Location: Mount Airy Road, Davidsonville, Anne Arundel County

Description: Mount Airy is a 2-story cube-shaped brick Georgian-Federal style dwelling with a Doric portico on a central hall plan. The structure stands on a high basement, and is covered by a low-pitched hip roof. Chimneys rising from the interior of the house help to enclose an observatory platform with an iron balustrade on top of the house. The cornice around the eaves on four sides is formed of bricks with a dentil effect. The front facade is five bays wide, with a central entrance door sheltered by a high formal Doric portico. The portico is supported by pairs of Doric columns, with a heavy modillioned cornice over a freize with metopes and triglyphs. Windows are 6/6 sash with louvered shutters, surmounted by flat brick arches. Beneath each first floor window is a smaller window lighting the basement level. Double entrance doors open into a wide hall running through the center of the building to a stair. A pair of spacious parlors open from the left, and a dining room and kitchen open from the right. There are four large bedrooms upstairs.

Significance: Built in the 1850s for James Alexis Iglehart, Mount Airy is a late neoclassical building. The property is noteworthy for the survival of the family schoolhouse where the Iglehart children were educated by their French tutor, Monsieur LeLoup. In addition to the schoolhouse, a mid-19th century frame smokehouse survives, with a notable batten door held in place with large strap iron hinges.




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