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Devecmon Mansion

412 Washington Street, Cumberland, , 21502 Property Website Dated Posted: August 31, 2017


Circa 1905

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“This grand home was built for the Devecmons, one of Cumberland, Maryland’s oldest families- owner of the Wills Creek Mill which was reportedly built with timbers scavenged from Fort Cumberland. Some say 412 is Write Butler’s grandest design, defined by a magnificent ballroom and soaring two-and-a-half story roof trusses”
quote from Historic Home Tour
The house was built in 1905 by William C. Devecmon (b. 1861). Mr. Devecmon was a lawyer, writer and Shakespearean expert. He became president of The State Bar Association in 1909. The house was sold to the Schwarzenbach family. They were owners of a local mercantile department store, Schwarzenbach & Son. The third owner of the house was a doctor who, with his wife, raised 7 children in the house. Current owner has been there for 12 years. With only a few minor exceptions, all owners have respected the purity of the structure.
Devecmon House is in the heart of the Washington Street Historic District.
“The house was constructed at the end of the Gilded Age when successful merchants wanted to display their success in the form of a house. The Queen Anne style house was built using the finest materials and best skilled craftsmen. The skill at which the house was constructed is demonstrated in the masonry work, the medicine cabinets, the built-in cabinetry, the rough framing, the interior finishes, and the finish staircases…..The house is in magnificent condition and the structure has maintained its structural integrity over the last 100 years.” quote by Walter Merrill, Builder, Inc.
The architect was Wright Butler. Wright Butler was a prominent architect in Cumberland, Maryland, United States. Born as the son of a furniture manufacturer, Butler studied architecture at the Maryland Institute of Baltimore for three years beginning in 1888. At the Institute, Butler familiarized himself with fashionable architectural styles of the time like Richardsonian Romanesque and Queen Anne Architecture. Upon his return to Cumberland in 1891, the young architect opened an office, working mainly on residential designs. In 1893, Butler received his first large commission, the Allegany County Courthouse. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wright_Butler
Cumberland is rich in history, art and outdoor life. We are two hours to DC, Baltimore or Pittsburgh.
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