First Street, Albany, Oregon, 1895
The Cumberland Church building has been a part of Albany for 130 years.
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.
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 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.
Over the years, the Cumberland Church has been home to many groups.
Cumberland church dedicated.
Grace Mennonite buys the Cumberland
Faith Bible Church buys the Cumberland
Valley Christian Center, Foursquare Church buys the Cumberland
Sequoia Baptist Church buys the Cumberland
Living Water Christian Assembly buys the Cumberland
City of Albany buys the Cumberland to have it removed for a traffic project
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.
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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
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.
" Good buildings come from good people."