The Stairwell Room:
18th Century State House Wall

The Ground Plan of the STATE-HOUSE at ANNAPOLIS

Medium: Ink on Paper, 1789
The Columbian Magazine
MSA SC 1556

State House - Stairwell Room   

An Early Floor Plan of the State House

Known as the "Columbian Plan," this is the first published floor plan of the State House. It shows the Old Senate and Old House of Delegates Cchambers as the large spaces in the lower right and left, and included a key with descriptions of the various offices in the building. The two small “stair-case” rooms in the center of each side provided access to the galleries in the chambers, offices on the second floor, and the dome.

This drawing served to validate physical evidence uncovered during the restoration of the Old Senate Chamber, including the placement of the visitor's gallery shown as a dotted line in the back of the room, and the number of steps in the raised dais located at the front of the room.

KEy Images on the

Apprentice cabinetmakers Francis Pavlak (l) and Brian Weldy(r) work in the 
Anthony Hay Cabinetmaker's Shop, 2011
Front Elevation of the State House
General George Washington Resigning His Commission

The Ground Plan of the STATE-HOUSE at ANNAPOLIS
View of Annapolis
Advertisement, Maryland Gazette, December 17, 1783

Key Documents on the Wall

Washington's Resignation Speech
Payment to Negro Cardy
Inovice of Johhn Shaw
Letter from Daniel of St. Thomas Jenifer to David Stewart

Exhibits in the Stairwell Room

John Shaw # 1 Des