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Property Name Footer's Dye Works
Reference Number 13000460
State Maryland
County Allegany
Town Cumberland
Street Address South Mechanic and Howard Streets
Multiple Property Submission Name N/A
Status Listed 7/3/2013
Areas of Significance Architecture, Industry
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The Footer's Dye Works building is locally significant under National Register Criteria A and C as a representative example of the industry and its related factory architecttue that fueled an economic boom in Cumberland Maryland in the late 19th and early 20th cennrry. A the only remajning building (built 1906) of a large complex constructed in the first decade of the 20th century, the Footer's Dye Works building is an important remnant of the city's dwindling industrial heritage. Throughout the 1920s Footer's Dye Works was one ofthe dominant cleaning and dyeing establishments in the mid-Atlantic region, with major branch offices located in Baltimore, Philadelphia, and Pittsburgh. At its peak, Footer's Dye Works employed as many as 500 people and numbered the White House among its clients. Historically a vibrant industrial town served by numerous railroads, the C&O Canal, and the National Road, the city of Cumberland suffered a substantial loss of industry, jobs, and population through the second half of the 20th century. Although no longer occupied by industry, the remaining industrial buildings of Cumberland serve to highlight the historic web of transportation and industry that made Cumberland into the second largest city in Maryland.


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