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Sotterley

Hollywood, Maryland
County of St. Mary's.
44300 Sotterley Lane, PO Box 67
National Register Number: 72001487
Resource type: Building.
Property type: Domestic - single dwelling. The threat level was Satisfactory in
2004.
Congressional District: MD-5 Certified Local Government: NO
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Current use/information: House Museum.

Statement of Significance (as of designation - February 16, 2000):
Sotterley is nationally significant for the outstanding character of its historic architecture and landscape. The main house is one of two surviving examples of post-in-ground framing extant in the Chesapeake region of Maryland, Delaware, and Virginia. Due to the impermanent and ephemeral nature of post-in-ground construction, archaeology has been the primary means of studying this once dominant building tradition. Indeed, the original c. 1717 plan and framing at Sotterley provide exceptionally rare material evidence of this construction method. Beginning in the late 1720s and again in the 1750s, 1760s, 1840s, and 1910s, Sotterley underwent a series of modifications and additions, which bear their own architectural significance. Most notable of these alterations are the decorative framing of the circa 1720s west wing and the installation in the 1760s of a grand Chippendale style stair and a pair of intricately carved shell alcoves. Just after the turn of the twentieth century, the house, grounds, and associated buildings underwent a significant campaign of restoration according to the tenets of the Colonial Revival movement.

Condition:
Several buildings on the plantation suffer from structural failures.

A 2000 Save America's Treasures matching grant for $400,000 was used to preserve the manor house, and another SAT grant for $220,000 will help to correct structural failures of the outbuildings and to restore damage done by moisture and insects. Restoration continues in 2004.

Recommendation/Change since last report:
Scenic easements should be acquired to protect the view. Repair and stabilization should continue as needed.


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