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1901. Northwest of 15905 Foundry Row NW on a dirt road

By the mid-nineteenth century, Mount Savage was the center of a railroad operation run by the Cumberland and Pennsylvania that included transport of both industrial goods and passengers, with trains arriving and departing eight times a day for Cumberland and Piedmont. This building was erected as their Mount Savage headquarters. It displays a level of ornamentation not often seen in industrial buildings of this region, featuring Renaissance-inspired motifs and multishaded, locally produced brick, with contrasting brick jack-arch lintels and faux frieze-band windows under a modillioned cornice. Train service was discontinued in the 1940s, and the building was acquired by the Mount Savage Refractories Company. Just beyond it are two one-story stone structures built as the railroad’s machine and carpenter shops, and the glazed-brick powerhouse, oil house, and blacksmith shop. The office building is now being used as a storage facility.

Writing Credits

Lisa Pfueller Davidson and Catherine C. Lavoie


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Lisa Pfueller Davidson and Catherine C. Lavoie, "CUMBERLAND AND PENNSYLVANIA RAILROAD COMPANY OFFICE BUILDING", [Mount Savage, Maryland], SAH Archipedia, eds. Gabrielle Esperdy and Karen Kingsley, Charlottesville: UVaP, 2012—,

Print Source

Buildings of Maryland, Lisa Pfueller Davidson and Catherine C. Lavoie. Charlottesville: University of Virginia Press, 2022, 369-369.

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