The Hammond-Harwood House was designed for planter, legislator, and patriot Mathias Hammond by architect William Buckland. Buckland died before the building was finished, but his plans guided the completion of the project. The five-part house illustrates the adaptation of classical design principles to local building traditions, creating an urban Chesapeake architecture that looked to English Palladian country houses for inspiration. Hammond-Harwood’s front doorway is recognized as one of the finest examples of carved decoration in colonial America.
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