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The Cumberland Church building has been a part of Albany for over 130 years.

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original 1892 Cumberland church building

An 1892 clipping, States Rights Democrat newspaper.

The Cumberland was built in the Queen Anne architectural style. Highlights of the Queen Anne style include varying wall textures such as shingles and spindle work, squared towers, and dominant front-facing gables.

The church was built in 1892 by the Cumberland Presbyterians, a progressive branch of the Presbyterian Church. 

When it was dedicated on May 5, 1892, it was a rectangular, one room meeting-style church.

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The first major change happened in 1917. The congregation decided to bisect the building and add a cross-gable section in the middle.  A basement was also added.

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Over the years, the Cumberland Church has been home to many groups.

Each group left its impression on the building from major external structural changes to minor interior cosmetic changes. While in remarkably good structural shape, years of neglect have left the Cumberland in need of restoration.

1892

The church was built and dedicated by the Cumberland Presbyterians. It was a rectangular, one room meeting-style church.

1917

The building was bisected and a cross- gable section was added in the middle.

1931

Grace Mennonite buys the building and does renovations.

1968 - 1999

The building changes owners several times and is used by various groups.

2000

City of Albany buys property as part of a project to connect 4th Avenue with Santiam Road as demolition of the Cumberland Church was being considered.

2019

Cumberland Community Events Center incorporatedd and 501(c)3 status is obtained.

A Community Asset - the story continues

In addition to religious services, the Cumberland has been a home for community services such as:

  • Youth computer classes

  • Nutrition

  • Crafting

Once operational, the Cumberland may once again provide these opportunities. As part of the community, you will have a voice in deciding how your events center will serve our neighborhoods.

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