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Photo credit: Orlando Ridout V, 01/1971
Bell Tower Building
Inventory No.: AL-IV-A-014
Other Name(s): Allegany County League for Crippled Children
Date Listed: 2/20/1973
Location: N. Liberty Street & Bedford Street , Cumberland, Allegany County
Category: Building
Period/Date of Construction: late 19th century
Description: Also known as the Bell Tower Building, the Allegany County League for Crippled Children is a 2-story brick structure topped by a small wooden tower with an open belfry. Tall paired 1/1 sash windows decorated with simple molded lintels with a scroll-saw motif provide light on all sides. The north side fenestration is identical and symmetrical, while the middle bay of the east (front) facade is placed left of center on both floors. The entrance consists of a double door of horizontal panels covered by a pedimented hood. Below the pediment is a sign reading, "Allegany County League for Crippled Children." A large cornice, supported by heavy decorative brackets, projects some distance from the main roof which, in turn, is a squat version of a Second Empire Revival roof. In the center of the standing-seam metal roof is a square, wooden bell tower supported chamfered square posts with arched corner brackets. This cupola has a cornice of brackets similar to those on the main cornice. The tower roof spans an open belfry, now devoid of its bell. Significance: Except for the entrance door and the projecting pedimented hood above it, the building is essentially unchanged from its construction date. This was the first separate building to be used as police headquarters and jail in the city.


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