John Ariss was a builder, responsible for the design and construction
of a number of Virginia and
Maryland buildings in the eighteenth century. Born in Westmoreland County, he apprenticed with a
local carpenter, probably studied architecture from books, and began advertising his
services by 1751. He built a brick church in Charles County, Maryland, and in Fairfax and Frederick counties, and may
have been involved with renovations to the main house owned by Philip Ludwell. . .
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