Monday, October 11, 2010

A View From Western Maryland

The Allegany County Courthouse

This image was created using a DSLR and a 28 – 200mm lens. The ISO was 200 and exposed for 1/1000 sec @f/8.

This photo was taken from the C&O Canal Towpath just across from Canal Place in Cumberland, MD. The following description was taken from a Wikipedia article written about the Allegany County Courthouse.

Designed in 1893, the Courthouse was the first major commission of local architect Wright Butler. Butler based his design for this public building on the Richardsonian Romanesque architectural style. The massing and detail of the courthouse are typical of this late 19th-century style, developed from the works of architect Henry Hobson Richardson. Characteristic of this style, the courthouse combines the use of brick highlighted with stone belt courses and presents a uniform rock-faced exterior finish. The building's ribbons of windows set deeply into the walls, and large arched entry are also typical Richardsonian features. Less typical is the courthouse's tower buttressed with round columns that rises above the three-story building. Construction of the building was completed for a total cost of $97,000.

The Courthouse is a beautiful structure and you can find numerous views for photographing the building from many places in the Cumberland area. For example, this a view of the rear of the building and it still looks fantastic. In fact, this is what you will see as you travel through Cumberland on I68, especially when in the Moose Curve section of the Crosstown Bridge.

The tall white Church Steeple is that of St. Paul's Lutheran Church which is also located on Prospect Square along with the Courthouse.

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


  1. Wow. Talk about colour Glenn. Superb.

    I'm guessing this shot was taken with the sun lowish in the sky?

  2. Thanks Glen,

    Actually this was taken around 10:00 AM and the sun was off my right side. However, it was still low enough to give that side view... :-)