There were more than 100 people who correctly identified this as Cumston Hall in downtown Monmouth. In a random drawing, Clavet was selected as the winner of a $10 Dunkin’ Donuts gift card. Cumston Hall has been listed on the National Register of Historic Buildings
since 1976. Dr. Charles Cumston donated funds for the building in 1899. Dr. Cumston commissioned Harry Cochrane, an accomplished painter,writer, composer and musician, to design the building. Cochrane’s design transformed Cumston’s vision for a town hall into a grand building, with an opera hall, library, caucus room and town office, all in one. Cumston Hall was built in just one year at a cost of $20,000. Well ahead of its time in amenities, the building boasted indoor plumbing and, at Dr. Cumston’s insistence,was lighted by electricity—the first building in Monmouth with that convenience.The building’s architecture is a mix of a Romanesque style of asymmetrical columns and towers and varying external textures of the Queen Anne period.The building is decorated throughout with plaster ornamentation, beautifully
crafted exterior and interior wood trim and hand-stenciled ceilings.The 250-seat opera hall features elaborate plaster carvings and a fresco mural ceiling.More than 100 stained glass windows adorn the hall.