One of America's most historic properties, Brice House in Annapolis, has been put up for sale for $1.4 million.
The mid-18th century Georgian mansion has been named a Registered National Historic Landmark, the highest designation of its type. The Naval Academy, Chesapeake Bay and the Maryland State House can be seen from the property.
The three-story house, built between 1766 and 1781, is known for its elaborate decorations of plaster and wood carvings. The ballroom has plaster paneling and an elaborate Corinthian cornice. The two single and three double bedrooms each have cornices and chair rails, and four have fireplaces.
The street facade's focal point is an intricately carved Palladian window above the central entrance. Two wings of the house have been adapted into individual apartments, each havings its own entrance and garden.
Account books belonging to the original owner's son, James Brice, list total construction costs at 4,014 pounds, which the company marketing the property, Sotheby Parke Bernet International Realty Corp., notes is equivalent to $147,712 today. Both George Washington and the Marquis de Lafayette were guests here.
After Brice's death the house eventually became a hotel annex and college apartments until it was finally bought in 1953 and restored by Mr. and Mrs. Stanley Wohl. Wohl's estate is selling the mansion.