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Walsh House
Photograph by Kathleen McKenney, courtesy of the City of Cumberland
Constructed in the 1860s, the Walsh House was built in the popular Second Empire style. It is an excellent example of this style, constructed in a symmetrically square block with a projecting central pavilion and decorated with deep architectural details. Specifically the Walsh House features a mansard roof, the style's most distinguishing element. Also typical is the full third story within the roof structure, and large heavily detailed windows punctuating the roof surface.

The house was built by William Walsh, a noted local lawyer who occupied a seat for two terms in the United States House of Representatives in the 1870s. A later occupant of the house, Bishop James Walsh, was a prisoner of Communist China for 12 years and a local school was named in his honor. The Walsh House is currently occupied by the Allegany County Board of Education.

The Walsh House is located at 106-108 Washington St., and is a contributing building to the Washington Street Historic District. The Board of Education offices are open during normal business hours.

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