Fight in Annapolis pits preservationists against sailors

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Opening the planned National Sailing Hall of Fame in a city nicknamed "America's Sailing Capital" should be smooth sailing.

But the state's recommendation yesterday to demolish or move a 19th-century home on the Annapolis waterfront to make way for the estimated $20 million facility sets up a potential battle between two groups closely identified with the Colonial capital: sailors and historic preservationists.

The recommendation, released yesterday in a report commissioned by the Maryland Stadium Authority, said trying to incorporate the modest home, one of the original pieces of the waterfront streetscape and now used as office space for the Department of Natural Resources Police, would be "too challenging."

"This is the single most prominent piece of real estate in the city. ... It's the last piece of vernacular property on the Annapolis harbor. So what they do on that property needs to be of interest to everybody who lives in Annapolis," said Gregory A. Stiverson, former president of the Annapolis Historic Foundation.

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