As part of its annual Chesapeake Bay Week® programming, Maryland Public Television will premiere its latest documentary, Distinctive Homes of the Chesapeake, on Monday, April 22, 2013 at 9 pm.
Distinctive Homes of the Chesapeake, a one-hour special, opens the doors for intimate tours of some of Maryland’s most unique, historic, and magnificent homes surrounding the Chesapeake Bay.
The lure of waterfront living remains irresistible to many Marylanders. Distinctive Homes of the Chesapeake showcases 11 residences along the Chesapeake and steps inside to explore the featured homes’ fascinating histories and architecture and to meet some of the special people who reside in the homes.
The MPT special explores a colonial-era manor hand-crafted in the 1700s, an unusual houseboat with different waterfront views each day, a lighthouse home, and modern architectural marvels that blend the best of Bay living with gorgeous settings.
Anne Arundel County homes featured in the program include:
· WHITEHALL (Annapolis) – In 1765, Maryland’s provincial governor, Horatio Sharpe, decided to build his colonial dream home and take advantage of nearly two miles of private Bay coastline.
· BALTIMORE LIGHT (Annapolis) With a 360-degree, unobstructed view of the Chesapeake, this unique structure near the Bay Bridge is an operating lighthouse and weekend getaway residence for four couples who own it.
· THE GLASS HOUSE (Lake Shore) – The former home of Baltimore businessman Leroy Merritt is a striking glass and concrete structure on the Magothy River.
· LONE STAR HOUSEBOAT (Pasadena) – For 80 years, the community of Gibson Island has known that it’s summertime when the houseboat floats into place on the Bay.
· THOMAS POINT (Annapolis) – Moving to Maryland after their home in Mississippi was destroyed by Hurricane Katrina, an enterprising couple built a fantastic home on the South River.
· THE FRIARY ON THE SEVERN (Annapolis) – This Georgian-style mansion was once used as a Catholic friary complete with chapel and dormitory. It was renovated into one of the most spectacular houses in the region and is home to a couple who have sold more crab cakes than anyone else in the world.
Distinctive Homes of the Chesapeake, produced by Frank Batavick, is one of four productions that will have their premiere during the 2013 Chesapeake Bay Week®, April 21-28, on Maryland Public Television. Since 2005, MPT has celebrated the Chesapeake Bay, arguably the state’s most important natural resource, during its annual Chesapeake Bay Week®. The only programming initiative of its kind in the Chesapeake Bay watershed region, Chesapeake Bay Week® encompasses on-air, online, and in-the-community activities to promote the Bay and its health.