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For Immediate Release

March 7, 2016

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Free “ArchiTrex” Walking Tour for Maryland Day

(Annapolis, MD) – The historic district of Annapolis is a museum without walls, a treasure trove of architecture and preservation. Celebrate and learn about the city’s most notable and celebrated examples of 17th and 18th Century architecture with “ArchiTrex,” a free tour by Annapolis Tours℠ by Watermark® and Historic Annapolis. Offered to the public for the first time, the complimentary tour is a part of the Maryland Day celebration on Saturday, March 19. The tour was developed in partnership with Watermark, Historic Annapolis, Craig Martin of Spire Architecture and Leslie Xavier. ArchiTrex is offered free to the public in celebration of Maryland’s heritage during Four Rivers Heritage Area’s 9th Annual Maryland Day weekend. Watermark is a proud member of Four Rivers Heritage Area.

On ArchiTrex, learn about some of the most notable 17th and 18th Century architecture in Annapolis. Noted local architect Craig Martin of Spire Architecture and artist, student of architecture and Historic Annapolis staff member and architect, Leslie Xavier will lead the tour. The tour’s content is authenticated by historians of Historic Annapolis. “Annapolis is well regarded for its collection of Colonial architecture and we are excited to introduce a tour devoted to it. Debuting the tour for a special weekend like Four Rivers’ Maryland Day is the perfect fit for something so unique,” says Heather Skipper, Director of Land Operations at Watermark, “The key to developing this tour included collaboration with professional architects and stewards of local history. Craig Martin’s passion and experience with local architecture – you see Spire Architecture signs hanging outside downtown properties as we speak – offers a close connection and familiarity with the buildings and stories behind them. Leslie Xavier’s knowledge of classical architecture and art and Roman engineering and archaeology give a historical vision of the influences of Europe and classical Greece and Rome in the architectural history of Annapolis.”

Featured stops on the tour are:

Shiplap House

James Brice House

Patrick Creagh House

Historic Annapolis’ Waterfront Warehouse

Maryland State House

Hammond Harwood House

Chase Lloyd House

The tour takes place Saturday, March 19 at 10:30 a.m. The tour is a great opportunity for shutterbugs to photograph the city’s finest architecture. The tour will begin at Susan Campbell Park at City Dock immediately following the official flag raising ceremony. Reservations are not required. Guests should meet at Susan Campbell Park for the tour. For more information about Annapolis Tours by Watermark, visit ArchiTrex is currently available for booking by private groups.

About the Tour Guides: Craig Martin

Craig Martin is a Licensed Architect in the State of Maryland and one of two partners of SPIRE Architecture, designing residential and light commercial projects in the Annapolis/Baltimore/DC region. SPIRE works closely with local craftsmen and contractors to offer full service design and construction integration and recently had one of their home projects awarded the First-Place Gold Medal for the 2014 Maryland Custom Home of the Year (3500-5000 sq.ft.). Notable works locally are the completion of the new Annapolis Smokehouse and Tavern, which opened in December 2012, as well as 5 local "Home of the Week" projects in the Annapolis region.

Craig received his training in Construction and Architecture at Virginia Tech in Building Construction and Management, at the Anne Arundel Community College in the Architecture Program, and through completing the Masters of Architecture Degree with Thesis Honors at The Catholic University of America. He was awarded the 'Henry Adams/AIA School Medal' for placing first in his graduate school class. Craig taught Architecture and Mechanical Drawing at Arundel High School from 1996 - 1999 and continues to serve as an adjunct faculty member at Anne Arundel Community College teaching Design Studio classes.

About the Tour Guides: Leslie Xavier:

Leslie Xavier’s passions for architecture, art and archaeology have driven her career. She has over 30 years of experience in the design, detailing, research and construction of structures ranging from residences to signature bridges. During her professional career, Leslie worked with local architects as well as international firms. As an artist, Leslie sees architecture as a living art form.

She brings a technical forensic eye to the discussion of the unique architectural fabric that defines Annapolis. Leslie’s volunteer work includes giving tours at the William Paca House, Charles Carroll House and Historic Annapolis Museum. Leslie also volunteers at Historic London Town’s archaeology lab.

While living in Naples, Italy, Leslie was president of the International Archaeological Society of Naples for three years. She studied architecture at the University of Maryland and art history at University of Maryland University College. She studied both art and architecture abroad with emphasis on Baroque architecture in Rome, Renaissance art in Florence and Flemish masters in Brussels, Gent and Antwerp. She holds a degree in Art History from the University of Maryland University College where she graduated with distinction Summa Cum Laude. Leslie also holds a diploma from Maestro Luigi Wanvestraut of VanArt Studios in Naples, Italy, where she studied the painting techniques of classical Italian masters.

About Watermark: Watermark immerses people in the history, culture and fun of the Chesapeake area more completely than any other tour or charter company. Whether you want to learn or just enjoy, no one else offers so many ways to experience this special place, both by land and by water. Watermark® an Annapolis-based, locally owned and operated business, has been creating authentic experiences since 1972. Watermark sub-brands include Annapolis Tours® by Watermark®, offering the original Annapolis colonial tours; Cruises on the Bay™ by Watermark®, with the easiest way to have fun on the water; Yacht Charters on the Bay™ by Watermark®, and Wedding on the Bay™ by Watermark®, offer flawless events on pristine yachts; Destination Education™ by Watermark®, gives teachers the most engaging way to immerse their students in history. For a complete list of walking tours, sightseeing cruises, yacht charters and services offered by Watermark visit

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