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Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Weekly Black & White Square Photo

City Hall of Cumberland, MD

City Hall was built in 1911, one year after a fire destroyed the19th-century City Hall and the Academy of Fine Arts which shared the same building on this same site. Believe it or not, this building was built at a cost of $87,000.00. I guess money went further back on those days.

A main feature of this building is in the interior in the main rotunda. There is a mural, painted by the artist Gertrude du Brau, which shows some early history of Cumberland including a depiction of George Washington's military life. President Washington stayed and lived at Fort Cumberland when he was an officer with the British Army early in his career. His cabin is still here in Riverside Park next to where Wills Creek and the Potomac River come together. You can see two photos of the cabin by clicking here: cabin.

When you come to Cumberland, City Hall is worth the visit, for you and your family.

This photo was taken with a DSLR and a 18-70mm lens. The settings were 1/125 sec @ f/5.6 with an ISO setting of 200. It was early morning with the Sun's light coming in at a good angle to show the shapes of the building. Having this family walk in front of the building during the shoot was an added benefit for the photo.

Cumberland's City Hall is a part of my world and, even though I now live outside of the city, I still enjoy looking at this fine old building as I go by it on a daily basis on my way to work.

Yeah, this is my world and you are welcome to it.