CUMBERLAND — A Park Street storefront that's more than a century old will soon find a new home in the city's downtown.
The 124-year-old storefront of the former Malamphy's Saloon and Bottling Works at 508 Park St. will be removed and used as a facade for a Centre Street parklet.
News of the plan was disclosed Thursday during the January meeting of the Downtown Development Commission.
"It's an exciting project," said Cumberland Mayor Brian Grim. "It's a great way to reuse a piece of local history in a creative way."
City officials have secured a $25,000 grant from Maryland's Community Legacy Fund to detach the building storefront and transport it for installation as a facade for the parklet between Ristorante Ottiviani and The Book Center on Centre Street. Carl Belt Inc. has been contracted to carry out the work, which is expected to begin this week.
The plan has also been approved by the city's Historic Preservation Commission.
According to records, the Malamphy family had the structure built in 1894. Michael and Wilhelmina Malamphy ran the saloon, which also had a bottling works operation behind it where the former Miller's Gym was located.
The removal of the storefront will be part of the overall demolition of the former saloon and bottling works. The structures are being razed as part of the Maryland Avenue Redevelopment Project, which is clearing a portion of the Rolling Mill neighborhood for commercial development.
City planner Kathy McKenney saw the opportunity while driving to work each day past the Malamphy storefront.
"I live near there," she said. "The pieces came together. It's a beautiful storefront. It seemed it would be a possible fit elsewhere. The storefront is from a period of historical significance to the downtown."
McKenney said the structure is the original 15-by-13-foot wooden storefront with the door frame, cornices and divided glass panels.
"We felt it could be salvaged and brought to another location," she said.
Malamphy's Saloon was a popular stop for B&O Railroad workers during its heyday. Apartments were available upstairs and were often rented by railroaders.
Michael Malamphy died in 1934. The saloon remained in the Malamphy family's hands until the 1940s and '50s when it began to be sold off.
In later years, the location was also the site of Cec's Corner Cafe.
"They will cut that (storefront) out and take it to Centre Street," Grim said. "They will recreate it on Centre Street. It will be just the facade."
McKenney said the parklet will remain a public place with the storefront door removed to allow visitors to walk through.
"It will be reinstalled to fit the opening there," said McKenney. "They will build a structural wall with studs and headers. It's a hard concrete base product. It will have support."
The parklet is normally leased during the summer months by Ristorante Ottiviani to provide outdoor dining.
"It is helping to return the streetscape at Centre Street," said McKenney. "Instead of an open space like it currently is, it retains the streetscape by having the benefit of architectural salvage. It is yet another way to recycle and retain history for the downtown."
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