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Photo credit: Rachel Mancini, 08/1998
Crooked Intention
Inventory No.: T-48
Date Listed: 7/24/1974
Location: Neck Road , St. Michaels, Talbot County
Category: Building
Period/Date of Construction: early 18th century
Description: Crooked Intention, a 1 1/2-story early-18th century brick dwelling, is three bays wide with wings on both the east and west ends. The original house had a symmetrical roof, two rooms and a one room kitchen. The north facades of the main house and east wing were pushed out approximately 8 1/2' probably in the second quarter of the 18th century. All the windows on the north side have batten shutters. Facing north the main section is brick laid in Flemish bond and painted white. The catslide roof is covered with wood shingles. The entrance in the central bay has a six-panel door and is protected by a small hood. The closed sides are recent additions. Flanking the entrance are two 8/8 sash windows. The dormers, with 6/6 sash and steep gable roofs, are contemporary with the deepening of the house. There is one above the east window and a second between the door and west window. The east and west gables are both laid in common bond with glazed headers, three rows of stretchers to each row of headers. Each end also has an inside end chimney. The east wing, two bays wide and one room deep, is also 1 1/2 stories. The north side is laid in common bond with glazed headers like the ends of the main house. The door on this facade is in the west bay and is also protected by a small hood with a 6/6 sash east window situated close to the door. The narrow, 4/4 light dormers above the door and between the window and east end, are reproductions of an original one on the south side. The east end of this wing vividly displays the change in brickwork occasioned by the northern extension. The older part, on the south, is laid in common bond with seven rows of stretchers to each row of headers which are unglazed. The extension, however, is laid in common bond with three courses of stretchers to each course of glazed headers. The chimney rises above the roof immediately south of the ridge. There is a distinct line in the brickwork indicating the original north edge of the chimney. There is a 1 1/2-story Flemish bond wing on the west added in 1956. Typical of a house of this period Crooked Intention originally was a two room dwelling. When the north side was extended the living room was enlarged and a small room was formed off the dining room. The original brick smokehouse still stands southeast of the house. Laid in all stretcher bond, voids in the brickwork form a diamond pattern in the gables. Just north of this is the beaded clapboard dairy which is from Chance's Hope. Significance: Crooked Intention is an excellent example of an early-18th century tidewater Maryland dwelling. Basically unaltered, it retains a great deal of its original woodwork. The fireplace wall in the living room retains its original paneling which was installed when the house was widened. The fireplace has a simple rectangular molded architrave framing the arched brick opening. The fireplace of this period was built within the large original fireplace which was spanned by a large oak beam. Above the fireplace are six panels. There is no mantel shelf. To the right of this fireplace is a china closet with four lights in each of the two doors with a tiny closet to the right. Surrounding the room is a molded wood cornice and a chair rail with beaded upper and lower edges. The summer beam indicates the original end of the house. The dining room originally had a staircase where the present fireplace is located. In the late 18th century the fireplace was installed with a molded architrave and dentil molding beneath the cornice. The overmantel consists of a single large recessed panel. There is a china closet to the right of the fireplace. A cornice and chair rail surround the room. The doorway from the dining room into the sitting room is very low. This small room has been further divided to proved for a bath and closet. Beaded paneling flanks the fireplace in the east wing kitchen, housing a closet to the right and an enclosed staircase to the left. This kitchen has exposed beams in the ceiling and a floor that is part brick, laid in a herringbone pattern, and part wood.


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