Past and present ingenuity converge with the development of Renaissance Center, downtown Hagerstown's new commercial condominium project that incorporates preservation, adaptive reuse, and all new contruction. The project's historic property located on the corner of Washington and Prospect streets was constructed in 1902 by John Luther Nicodemus as his in-town residence. J.L.

Nicodemus had a genius for business and was considered one of Washington County's most successful entrepreneurs. He served as the original president of People's National Bank, which in the course of a dozen years became one of the largest financial institutions in western Maryland. His career also included the founding of several other banks and a land development company.

Following his death, his large home was converted into a professional center where a variety of business entities were quartered. CHS Development Property Management pays tribute to the Nicodemus legacy with the development of Renaissance Center and its dual mission of strengthening local businesses and commercial activity throughout downtown Hagerstown.