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Washington Street Library, 1973

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Facelifting For Library Under Way

Approximately $6,000 in repair work is under way at the main branch of the Allegany County Library, Washington Street, according to Robert Neal, director of the Allegany County Library System.

Work recently completed included installation of a trap door and repairs to the southeast cornice of the building. The new trap door provides, for the first time, an inside access to the attic of the building.

Mr. Neal points out that lack of such an access has created a potential fire hazard in the past. Before construction of the trap door, the only access to the attic was through an opening on the roof. During winter, when the roof is covered with ice and snow, this outside door becomes in-accessible.

Mr. Neal added the need for the inside access door to the attic was especially critical because much of the building's electrical wiring is located in that area.

Repairs to the southeast cornice were completed recently and painting of the structure's front is proceeding. Carl Belt, Inc. installed the trap door and repaired the cornice. The painting contract went to Robert Hamilton of Keyser.

All repair work at the library is funded by the Board of Allegany County Commissioners.


Edgar Crowden

text from Cumberland Evening Times, Nov 7, 1973.


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Public libraries, Maryland, Allegany County; Allegany County Library System (Md.), Anniversaries.

Allegany County (Md,), 1924-2010

Western Maryland Regional Library
100 South Potomac Street
Hagerstown, Maryland 21740

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