Public Safety Building - Cumberland, Maryland
Posted by: Groundspeak Charter Member BruceS
N 39° 39.155 W 078° 45.766
17S E 691942 N 4391590
Quick Description: Historic former U.S. Post Office and Courthouse, then police station and now senior center in Cumberland, Maryland.
Location: Maryland, United States
Date Posted: 11/11/2013 8:17:11 PM
Waymark Code: WMJFGV
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member silverquill
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Long Description:

The Public Safety building was constructed between 1902 and 1904.  Originally the building was constructed as the U.S. Post Office and Courthouse.  The three story brick building with a monumental stone base is in a Classical Revival style.  The facade is slightly projected and has four engaged Ionic columns on the second and third floors.  The building was constructed during the era when James Knox Taylor was the supervising architect for the U.S Treasury Department and this building would be considered typical for buildings constructed during his tenure.

In 1934, the Federal government constructed a new post office and determined it no longer had a need for this building and the City of Cumberland obtained the building to serve as headquarters for the police department.  The building was renamed at that time to "The Public Safety Building".  Later the city converted the building for use as a senior citizen's center.

Street address:
Frederick and Liberty Sts.
Cumberland, Maryland

County / Borough / Parish: Allegany

Year listed: 1973

Historic (Areas of) Significance: Event, Architecture/Engineering

Periods of significance: 1900-1924

Historic function: Government

Current function: Goverment

Privately owned?: no

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Secondary Website 2: [Web Link]

Season start / Season finish: Not listed

Hours of operation: Not listed

National Historic Landmark Link: Not listed

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