Dear Friends of the Chase Lloyd House,
On Saturday, June 20, The Capital Gazette published an article about the Chase-Lloyd House closing and subsequent notice to the Chase Home residents. It is important for us to provide the community an accurate update about what is happening to this historic house and the current boarders.
On Monday, June 8, the Chase Home Board of Trustees announced the closure of the Chase-Lloyd House, a National Historic Landmark, which operates under the ownership of the Chase Home, Inc., a 501(c)(3) nonprofit private foundation. In late 2019, the Board of Trustees invested in a full Condition Assessment and contracted the reputable Virginia-based firm MTFA Architecture/John Milner Associates Preservation to conduct the comprehensive building inspection. The condition assessment was undertaken during the fall and winter of 2019 and 2020 with the initial report received in May 2020. This assessment revealed significant safety issues most notably a hazardous 3-story side porch emergency exit, the sole fire escape to the building. Also, electrical wiring issues and a compromised building foundation. The Board of Trustees and the Executive Director determined that residents will have to move out during the time when these important safety factors will be addressed.
For more than 125 years, the Chase Home has been operating to provide an independent living boarding house for women. Women who come to the home are obligated to have a sponsor who signs an agreement that they will provide housing for the respective resident, within two-week's notice, should there be a need to close the home. Five senior women, age 60s to 80s, currently live independently at the Chase Home. The Chase Home endowment subsidizes room and board for the residents who pay a nominal $100 to $350 a month. The Chase Home is not funded by any church, state or federal government money.
On Monday, June 8, the Chase Home President, Margaret Pickall, spoke with all the residents about the safety issues and asked them to return to their sponsors or find other suitable living accomodations within 30 days. The Chase Home is providing packing and moving expenses. All the current residents have sponsors who are being very helpful with this transition. With the help of several groups and businesses, who have reached out to assist us, we are working hard to find residences for those who need it. We are grateful for the tremendous outpouring of support by the local community as a result of the Capital article.
The Executive Director and Board of Trustees have been meeting weekly and communicating daily given the emergency situation and to undertake next steps. We know that the construction before us is going to be costly. We are immensely grateful for the many financial supporters of the Chase Lloyd House through the years. We hope that many will help us secure a strong future.
Please know that we deeply care for the safety of our residents and for this 250-year-old historic house.
The Board of Trustees:
Peggy Pickall, President
Constance W. Ramirez, Vice President
Roberty Petty, Treasurer
Jeanne Malicki, Secretary
The Reverend Michael Creighton
The Reverend Joanna White
Heather East, Executive Director
The Chase Home gets its name from its first owner, Samuel Chase, one of the signers of the Declaration of Independence for Maryland and Supreme Court justice. The Chase Home is also known as the Chase-Lloyd House for the wealthy plantation-owning Lloyd family who lived here for generations after Edward Lloyd 1V bought the half finished home from Samuel Chase. While still operating as an independent living facility for elderly woman today, the house also exists as a monument to Georgian architecture and an important part of American history. The Chase Home is a unique among the many historic homes of Annapolis, in that it has always been a self-sustaining historic landmark.
The mission of the Chase Home is to carry on the legacy of Hester Chase Ridout by her will executed in 1886, to provide a haven where women "may find a retreat from the vicissitudes of life". Chase Home strives to accomplish this mission while maintaining the material fabric and artifacts of the beautiful eighteenth- century mansion in which it is housed.
For more than 125 years, the Chase Home has been operating as a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization to provide an independent living facility for women at the historic Chase Lloyd House. We currently have six residents who receive a room and take part in communal dining seven days a week, three meals a day.
The Chase Home relies on donations to help fund operating costs associated with housing our residents, including renovations to preserve the historic home.. Donations may be made to Chase Home Inc., and mailed to: Chase Home Inc., 22 Maryland Ave., Annapolis, MD 21401.