Spy House of the Week: Haddaway Hideaway


The first house I rented when I moved from Pittsburgh to St. Michaels was a wee cottage at the corner of Carpenter Alley and Locust St. I enjoyed walking in my new older neighborhood and one of the many historic houses that appealed to me was this one across the street. I soon learned from the Walking Tour provided by the St. Michaels Museum the house is called the “ Haddaway House” and its rear property line once extended to the water. Thomas L. Haddaway established a shipyard behind the house in the late 18th century and the shipyard is now the Higgins Yacht Yard.

The original portion of the house was a typical cottage belonging to a shipyard worker. Over the years an addition expanded the one-room cottage and a lean-to rear shed was also enclosed to create a kitchen and laundry. I loved how the wall separating the original one-room cottage and the addition has been removed exposing the two corner fireplaces that are now “bookends” in one great room.

The original cottage had a pitched roof and the addition had dormers to create bedrooms in the attic for a very appealing curb appeal. I liked the exterior palette with its pale green lap siding and off-white trim and the wood fencing surrounding the rear yard offered privacy. I also liked how the rooms lacked furnishings so you could admire the beauty of the interior architecture. Sunlight streamed from perimeter windows and highlighted the wood floors and pale yellow walls. A wonderful blank canvas just waiting for its next resident.

For more information about this property, contact Rick Covell with Meredith Fine Properties at 410-820-8000 (o), 410-829-2165 (c) or rcovell@goeaston.net-, “Equal Housing Opportunity”.

Spy House of the Week is an ongoing series that selects a different home each week. The Spy’s Habitat editor Jennifer Martella makes these selections based exclusively on her experience as a architect.

Jennifer Martella has pursued her dual careers in architecture and real estate since she moved to the Eastern Shore in 2004. Her award winning work has ranged from revitalization projects to a collaboration with the Maya Lin Studio for the Children’s Defense Fund’s corporate retreat in her home state of Tennessee. 

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