The Rich History of

The Albanus Phillips Inn

The Albanus Phillips Inn on Mill Street is one of the most prominent historic houses in Cambridge. According to the research by the current owner, construction was initially completed in 1903 and the house was finished in stages between 1908 and 1910. In 1908, President Teddy Roosevelt was a guest in the home. Albanus Phillips also hosted President Franklin D. Roosevelt in the house when he visited Cambridge in 1935 to dedicate the new bridge between Dorchester and Talbot County.
World renowned Philadelphia architect, Mr. Crawford designed the house as well as the house next door, which belonged to Captain Levi Phillips, Albanus Phillips brother. Crawford is noted in many books for his architectural designs of skyscrapers in New York and Chicago. The house was built as a Queen Anne Colonial integrating Italian Renaissance and Edwardian features and is lavishly adorned. Italian marble enhances the beauty of the exterior, including three types of marble on the front porch. Marble slabs, 8" thick and 18" deep, were used on the windows, both on the sills and the lintels, even on the lower level windows. The exterior brick of the house was imported from Venice, Italy.
The two Phillips brothers, Albanus and Levi, Francis DuPont and Walter Chrysler decided to build their new houses on Mill Street, the highest point in Cambridge, after their compound of waterfront homes at "The Point" were destroyed by the unnamed Hurricane of 1895.
The "Albanus Phillips House" is located in a prominent spot within the 600-house historic district of Cambridge, just two blocks away from the extensive Choptank River waterfront and the Cambridge Yacht Club, which Albanus became one of the founding fathers.
During the construction of the house, every convenience available at the time was included in the family home. This included for example a "central vacuum system", which in fact was utilized by chilled pumped water for air conditioning in 1908. These pipes are still in place and could be now
used for a modern central vacuum.
Remarkable features on the first floor:
Extensive original architectural wooden details, which include colonnades and columns sitting on marble slabs, extensive paneling, 16" ceiling moldings and pocket doors; all made from Brazilian Mahogany, Hickory, Oak and Tiger Maple throughout the formal first floor rooms.
Original leaded glass window panes in the outer vestibule, around the front door, in the upper transom windows and in the conservatory.
Original tapestry from France in Gentlemen's parlor.
All of the ceiling fixtures and wall sconces (with the exception of the dining room chandelier and kitchen lights), are the original gas fixtures of the house, which have been electrified.
All first floor drapes are original to the house (with the exception of the Africa Room and kitchen).
All wallpaper with the exception of the kitchen is original to the house as well.
A ceramic expert from Philadelphia, handpicked by architect Crawford, designed fireplaces on the first floor. Each fireplace has its own theme and is finished differently with hand painted ceramic tiles.
Floor treatments throughout the house are beautiful original hardwoods.
Low voltage accent lighting on the vaulted ceilings in the parlors, center hall and rear center hall with spotlights on artwork.
12 foot ceilings
First Floor Rooms:
Entrance: Oversized covered marble porch with wide, curved marble stairs constructed from three different types of Italian marble and marble inserted canapé in front of the stairs. Enclosed outer vestibule with double French doors and extensive lead glass surrounds leads to 5-foot wide front door, which weighs over 1200 pounds.
Main center hall: Palatial vaulted ceiling with colonnades, extensive intricate woodwork. Size 19' x 11'
Rear center hall and staircase: Grande 3-story open staircase with stair treads made from Brazilian Mahogany. Oversized built in resting bench made from Brazilian Mahogany. Size 21' x 11'
Lady's Parlor: Original Bay window, wood burning fireplace with original tile from Philadelphia, build in mirror over fireplace, pocket doors to dining room. Size 21' x 15'
Gentlemen's Parlor: Wood burning fireplace with original tapestry built into mantle. Tapestry is believed to be from France. Bay window. Pocket doors to Africa Room. Size 21' x 15'
Africa Room: This room was originally Albanus Phillips' den and contained an elephant and a rhinoceros head. It is now called the "Africa Room". Size 15' x 15'
Dining Room: Extensive wood paneling and ceiling moldings, large window seat with top made from Brazilian Mahogany (10' x 2'), plate rail, wood burning fireplace with original tile from Philadelphia. Pocket doors to Lady's Parlor. Size 19' x 19'
Conservatory: All original Conservatory with 36 lead glass windows. One side is curved. Very bright and inviting. Honey Oak hardwood flooring, doomedceiling, and hot water radiant floor heat. Size 16' x 11'
Kitchen: Very large L-shape kitchen with generous sitting area, Vermont Casting wood stove and space for a table. 11 ft ceilings. Cabinetry is Walnut. Honey Oak flooring. Large built in sideboard with upper cabinets for china. This area used to be a Butler's Pantry and Living Room for the servants and the original kitchen was in the basement. Two doors to the garden and back porches, six windows. Appliances: Thermador double wall oven with built in microwave, Maytag Stainless Steel Fridge/Freezer with icemaker and water dispenser, stainless steel sink with small vegetable sink, Jen Air triple gas cook top with griddle, grill and six burners, down vent, dishwasher, additional wet sink, tile countertops; Part of kitchen has hotwater radiant floor heat. Size 32' x 17'
Full bath: Tile floors, claw foot tub, pedestal sink, hot water radiant floor heat.
Back entrance and hallway with back staircase to second floor. Stair treads are made from Oak hardwood.
Second Floor Rooms:
Remarkable features on the second floor: Original built in linen cabinet; all room doors are made from beautiful exposed Tiger Maple, original hardware on the doors, original fixtures from France and Italy in the two bathrooms. All bedrooms have full-length mirrors on the doors to the closets.
10' ft ceiling height on second floor.
Second floor landing with original Linen Cabinet.
Master Bedroom (His Bedroom): Wood burning fireplace, chair rail, Bay window, extensive woodwork, leaded glass in upper transom. Original chandelier and wall light fixtures. Walk in closet. Size 21'x 15' (connects to "Eagle" bedroom and master bath)
Her Bedroom: Wood burning fireplace, extensive woodwork, walk in closet. Original wall light fix-tures. Size 21' x 15' (connects to Master Bath and Upstairs Sitting Room)
Master Bath: Tub and sink are from Paris, France from 1899 and original to the house. Bathroom walls and floor are finished in marble. Ceiling mounted "Rain shower" showerhead, floor drain, two columns, doomed ceiling with chandelier. Access to 20' ft balcony. Size: 11' x 10'
Eagle Bedroom: Tray ceiling, walk in closet, chair rail, plantation shutters (connects to Master Bed-room and could be turned into a dressing room with upstairs laundry). Size: 16' x 15'
Upstairs Sitting Room (Bedroom 4): Wood burning brick fireplace, plantation shutters, original wall light fixtures. Size: 19' x 19' (connects to Her Bedroom and Hall Bath)
Guest Bedroom (Bedroom 5): This room has its own upstairs covered porch (17' x 11'). Original wallpaper and light fixtures (converted) on the wall and ceiling. Size: 17' x 11'
Hall Bath: All fixtures including the wall mounted soap dish are original to the house and imported from Venice, Italy around 1899. Tile floor and walls. Size: 10' x 8'
Third Floor Rooms:
Remarkable features: Original chalk board in schoolroom, two upper balconies, wood floors under carpet, 8' ceiling height, oak doors.
Schoolroom (Bedroom 6): Wood under carpet, wainscoting, The Phillips' children were schooled in this room by the housekeeper/school mistress and the original chalk board is remaining on the wall.
Original wallpaper. Three dormers. Walk in closet. Size: 23' x 11'
Office (Bedroom 7): Wood under carpet, walk in closet. Currently used as an office. Size: 16' x 15'
Green Bedroom (Bedroom 8): Wood under carpet, walk in closet. Size: 19' x 19'
Yellow Bedroom (Bedroom 9): Wood floors,third floor balcony. Size: 21' x 15'
Fleur D'Li Bedroom (Bedroom 10): Wood floors, third floor balcony, third floor balcony. Size: 21' x 15'
Bathroom: Marble floors and walls tiles, electric radiant floor heat, claw foot tub, separate marble walk in shower with seamless glass enclosure and shower and body sprays, 2 wall sconces next to sink are the original gas light fixturesconverted to electric. Size: 14' x 9'
Basement: Full basement with laundry and powder room. Basement could be finished to include a wine cellar and a media room. Potentially also could be finished into office space. Approx. size of basement 2,500 Sq. Ft. Access by fixed staircase from kitchen or back hallway or from outside staircase with double French doors.
Interior features: Center hallway, formal parlors,formal dining room, conservatory, large kitchen with wood stove and table space. Extensive woodwork and moldings on first seven fireplaces including a wood burning stove, hardwood floor treatments throughout, three story main staircase, second staircase, side entrance, high ceilings on first and second floor. Full basement with walk out stairs, interior connecting staircase. 10 bedrooms. Many original features restored and intact. Leaded glass windows.
Exterior features: Brick construction. Marble covered front porch, three covered porches in the back, upper balconies in front. Copper gutters. Maturetrees and shrubs, some over 100 years old.
Alley access, three off-street parking spaces in back, plus detached brick garage with water. Wrought iron fence. Room for pool.
Garage: Brick construction, detached, one car space, electric garage door, water. Size: 30' x 14'
Roof: Main house slate, porches, and conservatory architectural shingles
Gardens: Some original plantings still in place. I.e. Camellia and two Rhododendron bushes are approx. 100 years old. Other significant species: Japanese maple, Holly, Crepe Myrtle, roses, substan-tial perennial beds around the house. Three life size Greek statues, twin Chinese flower urns (6' across) in front.
Utilities: public water, public sewer, natural gas
Electric: 400 amps
Cooling: Central AC (5 systems, 6 zones; A sixth system was designed and could be installed to service remaining areas.
Heating: Forced hot air, radiators, heat pump, and radiant floor heat. Duplicity of heating systems
allow for choice of lowest cost heating fuel. Furnace has been modified to meet current code re-quirements. Heat pumps are new and covered by warranty.
Alarm system includes fire, entry, motion and temperature change alarm.
Recent updates to the house: New roof on porchesand conservatory, new wiring and plumbing
throughout most of the house, new AC, new windows on third floor, 2 kitchen windows replaced.
Bathrooms restored.
House is registered on the Maryland Historical Trust.