West Virginia Endangered Properties Updates — February 2017
Properties are listed in alphabetical
Abruzzino Mansion, Shinnston, Harrison County – 2013 List
The property is now owned by Square One, a
nonprofit organization (https://www.facebook.com/Square1FamilyNetworks/).
Square One has been working to establish the necessary funding to
begin the interior restoration of the Mansion’s first floor, so that
the building can be reintroduced to the public.
The organization is currently soliciting bids for the
interior restoration and plans to begin in Spring 2017.
Also, Square One has received estimates to
repair water leaks in two small, flat roofs; those estimates are
awaiting review by the Board of Directors before roof repairs can
begin. Discussions are
also in the works with PAWV’s Statewide Field Services
Representative, Lynn Stasick, for possible workshops to restore
interior woodwork and beveled glass windows and doors.
PAWV and Square One also hope to organize volunteer projects
to weatherize the front porch, French doors, and a broken basement
window, as well as to remove stone caps from the front porch to
prevent further damage from winter conditions.
Pitsenbarger Farm, Franklin, Pendleton County - 2013 List
On October 16, 2016, owners Jeff and Teresa
Munn attended an awards ceremony at the Culture Center in Charleston
in which the West Virginia Division of Culture and History (WVDCH)
recognized select National Historic Landmarks, individual historic
resources, and historic districts across West Virginia.
Additionally, in early 2017, they are expecting
the dendrochronology results from the November 2015 log-dating
project conducted by Kristen De Graauw and Shawn Cockrell of WVU.
The owners plan to organize a community meeting/party at the
farm to reveal the results.
As far as preservation repairs, there are
several buildings suffering from weather deterioration.
Sill beams have fallen to the ground and are now rotting.
Information and estimates are being obtained from contractors
regarding the sill beam repairs, which they hope to start in 2017.
Arthurdale School Buildings, Arthurdale, Preston County – 2012 List
Unfortunately, work on the Arthurdale School
Buildings remains suspended due to lack of funds.
Early in 2016, a 4-H group started working on the larger of
the three school buildings with the plan to repurpose it as their
museum/archive. A board
was formed and gained nonprofit status, and the organization
obtained approval to use the current septic system.
However, the project was halted due to the cost of
rehabilitating the building and to the current septic system not
being large enough (given that the previous plan, designed by AU
Associates, was to repurpose the building for senior housing).
The newly appointed Executive Director for Arthurdale
Heritage, Inc., Darlene Bolyard, would like to reconnect with the
4-H group to consider repurposing the smaller of the school
buildings as a meeting facility.
The current septic system could accommodate the very limited
usage of a small group like
Avis Overhead Bridge, Hinton, Summers County
– 2016 List
since the structure was listed in mid-2016.
Courthouse Square National Historic District, Beckley, Raleigh
County – 2015 List
Three historic buildings on Neville Street were
deemed by an engineer to be in imminent danger of collapse.
As a result, in June 2016, the buildings were demolished at
the authorization of the City of Beckley - despite the hopes of the
Beckley Historic Landmark Commission that the buildings could be
saved. This is most
unfortunate, as the loss of these buildings increases concerns that
the district could lose its listing on the National Register of
Historic Places. If the district were de-listed, property owners
there would no longer qualify for state development grants and tax
credits for continued historic preservation efforts.
Unfortunately, two other notable buildings, the
former Beckley Newspaper Buildings on Prince Street, were also
deemed hazardous; as of May 2016, the City of Beckley is planning
demolition. The 1950s structures, which were too young to qualify
for listing when the Beckley Courthouse Square National Historic
District was originally created, were determined non-contributing at
the time. However,
they now exceed the 50-year age threshold, and the State Historic
Preservation Office (SHPO) believes the buildings may be
architecturally significant and that they would be eligible to be
listed on the NRHP as part of the historic district.
Thus far, the City of Beckley has not followed through on the
process of determining whether these buildings are National
Berkeley Springs Train Depot, Berkeley Springs, Morgan County – 2010
As of the site’s last update report to PAWV,
Berkeley Springs / the Town of Bath had received a $50,000 federal
Transportation Alternatives Grant in 2016.
The town was expecting to use the funds for the depot’s
interior restoration, remediation of hazardous materials,
waterproofing the cellar, and electrical and plumbing upgrades - as
well as for a new heating, ventilation, and air conditioning system.
Sulphur Springs Pavilion, Alderson, Greenbrier County - 2013 List
In August of 2016, Friends of the Blue and the
Greenbrier Historical Society (GHS) started the first phase of the
enormous restoration project at the Blue Sulphur Springs Pavilion.
The Mills Group and Allegheny Restoration were contracted to
perform the work. By
mid-December 2016, the following restoration work was completed:
The spring box was repaired and made
The brick columns were stabilized
(with a stucco base coat having been applied, followed by Sika wrap
to strengthen the columns, and then that having been overlaid with a
final coat of stucco).
The one leaning column was
straightened and standing on its own.
The interior of the pavilion was
excavated and leveled.
A new drainage system was installed
to drain the spring into the nearby Kitchen Creek.
A back flow drain was installed to
prevent muddied waters from flowing back to the spring box in the
event of rising water from Kitchen Creek.
The engineering design for the new drainage
system was approved by the Army Corps of Engineers and the WV
Division of Natural Resources.
All the excavation work conducted in the interior pavilion
and for the drainage system was overseen by an archaeologist. During
the interior pavilion excavation, the original wood floor of the
pavilion was located - as well as what is believed to be the
original spring drain.
However, the wood floor was left covered as it was below the level
of the planned excavation.
Fundraising for the next phase of restoration
will begin in 2017. The
next phase will include repairing and waterproofing the foundation,
installing a new floor and a roof, and other finishing touches.
There are also hopes to get the community, politicians, and
organizations involved in developing a “springs trail” in the area.
Friends of the Blue and GHS have worked
tirelessly at making this restoration project possible, and their
efforts were recognized in September 2016 by the Preservation
Alliance of West Virginia with its annual Preservation Persistence
House, Mannington, Marion County – 2009 List
As of the site’s last update report to PAWV in
2016, the 22-room mansion was for sale.
Music Hall, Wheeling, Ohio County – 2009 List
Returned to its original name of the Capitol
Theatre, the venue is saved and functioning as it was originally
intended - a beautiful space for plays, concerts, and more. The
Capitol is a member of PAWV’s West Virginia Historic Theatre Trail.
Washington’s Happy Retreat, Charles Town, Jefferson County – 2010
On June 18, 2016, Happy Retreat was announced
as West Virginia’s first National Treasure, a very significant
designation by the National Trust for Historic Preservation.
The National Trust and Friends of Happy Retreat will work
together to make the Happy Retreat historic site a place for the
public to gather for community events, heritage tourism, arts,
culture, and education.
To that end, Happy Retreat has held multiple
events in recent months. Over
the summer, a “BBQ & Boots” evening was held at its Cedar Lawn,
hosted by the Fithian family.
The evening featured BBQ favorites, desserts, country music
entertainment, and yard games.
Then, on September 10, Friends of Happy Retreat hosted
Jefferson County’s first ever Beer and Music Festival, with over
1,500 attendees. The festival featured four touring bands, 20
brewers with over 50 different beers to sample, and local food
vendors. Tours of the
historic home were offered as well.
Archaeology has played an important part in
understanding the history of this home.
Dr. Charles Hulse of Shepherd University conducted a Phase I
archaeological survey in 2006, and he continues to investigate the
property. In October
2016, his archaeological excavation revealed stones laid in a 7’ x
3’ rectangle against the north wall in the rear room of the east
wing. Whether this new
find was a hearth, a chimney foundation, or an entrance step is yet
to be determined (pending Dr. Hulse’s final report).
Artifacts recovered from around the hearth and the stone
foundation are believed to date from the early 1800s.
In the west wing, the modern wall board and
plaster covering of the rear room were removed, revealing the
penciling of the north wall.
Penciling was a technique used to make the bricks appear
uniform in color and size, as the locally fired bricks used in
construction were not uniform.
A reddish-pink paint similar to the brick color was applied
to exterior walls, and the mortar joints were “penciled” in with
white paint. This
discovery shows that the current north wall was the original
exterior south wall of the front room.
This confirms that the house was built in two phases, with
the front room built first and the back room added later.
As far as upgrades, the home may soon have a
cooling system, as it currently lacks air conditioning.
A mechanical engineering firm was consulted to develop a new
HVAC system for the building.
The proposed plan involves installing a water source heat
pump system that would utilize the already existing hot water
radiator system pipes to move hot water through the house to heat it
and cold water to cool it.
This plan would alleviate the need to install ducts or vents.
The system is currently being priced to use either the
existing oil burner or a geothermal pump.
of God and Saints of Christ Tabernacle - "The Blue Church",
Wheeling, Ohio County – 2010 List
In the past six months, Wheeling National
Heritage Area has completed several structural projects on the Blue
masonry repairs have been done on the exterior of the south
elevation at the entablature.
Additionally, loose stucco on the south wall was removed, the
wall was repointed, and the brick was sealed.
Structural roof repairs have also been completed.
The roof repairs included the roof trusses, box gutters,
collection boxes, and the edge of the roof.
Five chimneys were also rebuilt or repaired to prevent water
damage from washed-out mortar.
At the time of this entry, the roof was being replaced.
Its completion was scheduled for December 15, 2016.
The next project planned for the Blue Church is
repairing the proscenium’s structurally unsound arch.
A structural engineer is currently creating drawings to
address the situation.
East Wheeling Historic District, Wheeling,
Ohio County – 2012 List
In the East Wheeling Historic District, 32
buildings – including multiple historic dwellings on 15th and 16th
Streets – were lost to demolition in the summer of 2012 to make way
for the new JB Chambers Sports Complex.
Residents who were living in the neighborhood lost their
lawsuit, which challenged the City of Wheeling’s eminent domain
proceedings, arguing the field would be primarily for the benefit of
the private Wheeling Central Catholic High School.
The sports complex has since been completed, with the entire
demolish-and-rebuild project costing $3.3 million - including almost
$2 million in taxpayer dollars. The facility is primarily
reservation-based and is utilized mainly by sports teams and
community groups; in October 2016, after local residents’
complaints, the city recreation department scheduled two days that
month for public use.
Coal & Coke Building, Masontown, Preston County – 2011 List
As of the site’s last update report to PAWV,
restoration of the former Elkins Coal and Coke Building was on hold
– waiting for the WV Division of Highways to approve engineering
designs and for the project to pass an environmental review. Once
these items were approved, site stewards anticipated that bids for
construction would begin.
The Mon River Trails Conservancy plans to repurpose the
building as a new visitor center and restroom facility for the
Masontown Trail Head on the Deckers Creek Rail-Trail.
Feed & Fertilizer Building (New River Bikes), Fayetteville, Fayette
County - 2012 List
As of the site’s last update report to PAWV,
the private owner was planning for renovation.
The bike shop is prosperous and very popular with cycling
enthusiasts visiting the New River Gorge National River area.
Feagans’ Mill, Kabletown, Jefferson County – 2014 List
Feagans’ Mill applied for a National Register
of Historic Places designation in September/October 2016.
The status of the nomination is currently pending.
The owner of the mill, Daniel Lutz, is in the process of
preparing for a timber felling project to clear the close-growing
timber, which could threaten the mill in the event of a storm.
His 2017 fundraising plans include sales of Feagans’ Mill
flours, meals, etc, at local events; offering mill memorabilia (bolo
ties, feed sacks, etc.); and creating a “Friends of the Feagans’
Mill at Wheatland Village” organization.
Ward School, Elkins, Randolph County – 2009 List
First Ward School is a successful example of adaptive reuse, having
been converted into the First Ward School Apartments – an apartment
community for low-income seniors. The building has been renovated
with many modern conveniences.
1400 Block of Market Street, Wheeling, Ohio County – 2016 List
The City of Wheeling has purchased the last
adjacent building in the row of properties on the 1400 block of
Market Street, in hopes that ownership of all four buildings would
be more attractive for development.
The properties suffer from water damage due to roof leaks,
and they sit vacant.
The city is applying for survey and planning grants to repair the
roof and is currently showing the properties to prospective buyers
so they can be productively repurposed.
Jean School, Glen Jean, Fayette County – 2014 List
The status of the school remains unchanged from
the last update report in mid-2016. The owners continue to consider
Their previous attempts to raise interest in and funds for the
heavily vandalized, water-damaged building had been unsuccessful,
and they felt that investing more time and money in the property
would be counterproductive.
Rule Building, Belington, Barbour County – 2014 List
The Belington Revitalization Committee obtained
a $20,000 forgivable loan to be applied towards acquiring ownership
of the building. They
are currently evaluating the feasibility of a potential second loan
to cover the remaining cost to purchase the building.
Rehabilitation work cannot begin until all funding is
efforts have continued, such as their Save the Golden Rule Garden
Party, which was held in the yard of the building in June.
Nest Museum, Ansted, Fayette County – 2010 List
The WV Division of Natural Resources is
reviewing the current condition of the museum and will plan to
requests bids (Request for Quotation documents) for repairs - which
would include a new roof, structural repairs, and HVAC improvements.
They continue to search for project funding.
Homestead School, Dailey, Randolph County – 2016 List
In May of 2016, Homestead School was one of two
schools under consideration for closure by the Randolph County Board
of Education (BOE) - due to financial constraints, several failed
school levies, a decrease in student enrollment, and costly
structural and maintenance issues.
During numerous BOE meetings and public hearings, many
community members urged the Board to reconsider the Homestead School
closure because of the building’s historical value, as well as its
value as a community centerpiece.
Finally, in December, after a four-hour session with
community members and school employees (which included reviewing
materials and answering questions presented by the Superintendent of
Schools and BOE staff), the BOE unanimously voted to keep Homestead
Now that the school is no longer pending
closure, it can qualify for grants to help fund much-needed
structural and maintenance repairs and replacements – such as for
the roof and for new electrical and plumbing systems, as well as
other modern upgrades. (In January 2017, the roof began leaking in
Albert Gallatin Jenkins House/Plantation, Lesage, Cabell County –
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers completed
restoration work on the building. They are still actively searching
for a tenant for the building.
In the meantime, the building remains vacant and the Army
Corps continues to maintain the building and the surrounding
Kirk’s Building, Wheeling, Ohio County – 2014 List
Over the past year, the condition of the floors
in the Kirk’s Building has worsened.
At the time the owner originally purchased the building, the
first floor had fallen into the basement, but the remaining floors
seemed relatively stable.
Currently, the floors are failing throughout the building.
Additionally, the roof is failing and the subsequent water
damage is immense.
Wheeling National Heritage Area has been working with the owner to
find a solution for the building.
Multiple architecture and engineering firms have been
consulted. Each firm
has felt the high cost of rehabilitation would be money wasted.
However, one firm believes it might be possible to preserve
the building’s façade, thereby maintaining the block’s historic
National Heritage Area is currently seeking a buyer for the property
who is interested in keeping the historic context of the block.
Kanawha Bank, Glenville, Gilmer County – 2010 List
No updates have been made available to PAWV in
Lynnside Manor, Sweet Springs, Monroe County – 2012 List
The restoration project plans for Lynnside
Manor, the central building in the Lynnside Historic District, are
currently on hold.
Until a source of funding can be found, the restoration of Lynnside
Manor back to its pre-1933 state will not occur.
Mannington Railroad Depot, Mannington, Marion County – 2011 List
Since February 2016, the Mannington Railroad
Depot has served as an art gallery, called Nativibes, for a local
artist who volunteered his time to complete the building’s interior
renovation. The artist also utilizes the depot to conduct youth art
classes and host art shows and other activities as a part of broader
Plans to repair the building’s foundation and
the exterior stone keystones above an entryway will begin in the
Summer of 2017.
Margaret Mansion Weir Memorial Pool, Weirton, Hancock County – 2014
The Marland Heights Community Association has
made some necessary repairs to the concession stand, and the park’s
tennis courts have been resurfaced.
The organization has also started a brick garden fundraiser,
whereby bricks can be purchased and engraved for $50.
Engraved bricks have been incorporated into the walkway at
the pool’s entrance.
Other items available for purchase include old locker room baskets,
t-shirts, and mug memorabilia.
All fundraiser proceeds go directly to pool renovations.
Paint and filtration projects are next on the agenda, and the
association is actively applying for grants to fund them.
Fort, Williamsburg, Greenbrier County – 2012 List
PAWV conducted a two-day, Preserve WV
AmeriCorps civic service project at McCoy Fort in July 2016, with
multiple AmeriCorps members and community volunteers working
together. The fort’s logs
(which had been disassembled in 2013) were moved from their original
site to the Williamsburg District Historic Foundation’s museum
grounds. There, the
logs were measured, surveyed for damage, photographed, and stacked
onto pallets by type. In November, the fort’s original foundation
stones were moved for reconstruction as well.
An architect has been selected to draw up reconstruction
plans, which will integrate the original fort logs with hemlock logs
cut for the purpose.
McCreery Hotel, Hinton, Summers County – 2009 List
The former hotel’s first floor has been
transformed into the McCreery Conference & Event Center.
In September 2016, the hotel served as the Tournament
Headquarters for the Kayak Bass Fishing Open Series, a two-day
Mt. de Chantal Visitation Academy,
Wheeling, Ohio County – 2011 List
The historic women’s school was demolished
in November 2011 after its purchase by Wheeling Hospital. Much of
the site has now become sports fields. Some salvage did occur; the
bell from the academy’s bell tower was moved to Wheeling Jesuit
University, where it is now on display. Several statues from the
site were saved and moved as well; one now sits in front of Wheeling
Clinic. The building’s stained glass windows are in storage.
Salem Baptist Church, Tams, Raleigh County – 2016 List
No further preservation action has been taken
by the church congregation. Despite the lack of preservation
progress, the church continues to receive routine maintenance, and
the congregation is in the process of setting up a social-media
Ansted High School, Ansted, Fayette County – 2011 List
No updates have been
made available to PAWV in 2016.
First Baptist Church (Old Brick Church), Union, Monroe County – 2012
The Monroe County Historical Society had the
church’s gutters removed, and the individual segments were welded
together. They were
then reattached and leveled.
Clay County Courthouse, Clay, Clay County – 2012 List
Fortunately, the courthouse structure did not
suffer damage during the June 2016 flood.
Unfortunately, many of the courthouse documents and oral
histories had been stored at an off-site location, and that location
did sustain major water damage.
Some of the wet documents and pictures have been saved with
the help of Dr. Karen Walker, a former Clay resident who is now an
archaeologist and a collections manager with the University of
Florida. She spent ten
days teaching local volunteers and historical society members how to
appropriately dry out the documents and pictures, copy, and digitize
them. Approximately 100
cassette tapes of Clay County oral family histories had been saved
from the flood. A group of
volunteers from the Church of Latter Day Saints (who also assisted
with drying out artifacts) have offered to help set up a courthouse
website to post the oral histories online.
In terms of the courthouse structure, it
continues to need a great deal of work.
The foundation requires sealing; the plumbing and electrical
wiring require upgrading; handicap accessibility needs to be
addressed; and, most recently, the cupola is leaking water and needs
to be repaired. The
subsequent water damage has caused the ceiling tiles to fall into
the courtroom. The
cupola repair is the most immediate need, and the site stewards will
be seeking funding for the project.
Esso Service Station, Fayetteville, Fayette County – 2015 List
The Old Esso Service Station’s owners submitted
a National Register of Historic Places (NRHP) nomination for the
building in November 2016.
The status of the nomination (which was researched and
written by PAWV’s Preserve WV AmeriCorps member at National Coal
Heritage Area) is currently pending.
If an NHRP listing is awarded, the owners will apply for a
Historic Preservation Development Grant through the WV Division of
Culture and History. If they receive the grant, they plan to utilize
the funds to replace the roof; they have already obtained estimates
for its replacement
Previously in 2016, a temporary roof patch was
applied to protect the building until funding could be obtained to
Additionally, the owners removed and replaced the large, broken
front window, secured the remaining windows, and removed large
trees, brush, and debris from around the building.
Fayetteville High School, Fayetteville, Fayette County – 2014 List
The school building’s extensive mold problem
was treated in July 2016, and the building has been sealed.
It will remain sealed until March or April of 2017.
At that time, Preservation Alliance of West Virginia’s
Statewide Field Services Representative, Lynn Stasick, intends to
perform a room-by-room, prioritized needs assessment.
That will assist with bid specifications for restoration
contractors, who will then submit bid proposals for the complete
restoration of the school building.
The plan is to begin restoration work in June 2017.
Glenville Bridge, Glenville, Gilmer County – 2009 List
No updates have been made available to PAWV in
Greenbrier County Public Library, Lewisburg, Greenbrier County –
of Lewisburg leased the historic pink library to the New River
Community and Technical College’s Greenbrier Valley Campus.
Through this partnership, the old library and annex have been
preserved and renovated.
In October 2012, the college celebrated the reopening of the
library and annex as the College Library, which now serves all five
campuses and is open to the public.
White House, Mt. Nebo, Nicholas County – 2015 list
There has been very little progress made at the
site in the last six months.
Collections management of the home’s artifacts continues to
be conducted. In early 2016, roof repairs had been completed, a
non-historic porch on the back of the building had been removed, and
trees that might have been a threat to the site had been cleared.
Riverside African-American School, Elkins, Randolph County – 2010
Several years ago, the Riverside School
Association stabilized the structure and partially rehabbed the
fundraising events, such as the Riverside Blues Festival, were held
at the school annually.
However, no further progress has been made since 2014, when the
Association dissolved. No attempts to regroup have been made, and
the building currently remains vacant.
Second Presbyterian Church, Wheeling, Ohio
County -- 2013 List
Early on February 29, 2016, Wheeling’s
Second Presbyterian Church suffered a catastrophic roof collapse
during a period of heavy rains and high wind warnings. After the
city deemed it unsafe, the 1850, Greek Revival style building was
demolished. PAWV had added the vacant church to its Endangered
Properties list in 2013 after a partial, less damaging roof collapse
due to truss failure. Since that time, a state historic preservation
grant had assisted in the roof’s repair, using local timbers and
volunteer labor, while the interior had recently been cleared of
debris. The church’s owner, the Near Earth Object Foundation, was
preparing to transform it into an urban observatory and educational
facility. Although hopes for the church’s reuse are now over,
certain key elements were able to be salvaged during the demolition
process, including some stained glass windows and the original
Shanklin’s Grand Theatre, Ronceverte, Greenbrier County – 2011 List
There has been no progress with the theatre.
It continues to remain empty and deteriorating.
The building was left to the owner’s family in his estate.
The family would like to comply with the owner’s wishes to
transfer ownership of the theatre to the City of Ronceverte and the
Ronceverte Historic Landmarks Commission.
However, due to the theatre’s second floor collapsing in and
extensive debris, transfer of ownership has been halted until the
family is able to clean out the debris.
Thus, any preservation efforts that the Historic Landmarks
Commission could provide remain on hold, and the building will
continue to deteriorate until such time that the family is able to
clean out the structure.
Hospital, Charleston, Kanawha County – 2012 List
Within the last six months, Crawford Holdings,
owner of the former Staats Hospital, has primed and painted all the
metal work on the front façade.
The company has also received a $35,000 matching grant from
the West Virginia State Historic Preservation Office, which it plans
to utilize for the building’s ninety windows.
Crawford Holdings is currently seeking potential tenants to
commercially lease the building’s first floor spaces.
Quarrier Diner, Charleston, Kanawha County – 2010 List
and open in downtown Charleston. The Quarrier Diner serves lunch and
dinner, while a downstairs bar, called Timothy’s at the Quarrier
Diner, often hosts live music. The property is currently in the
process of changing ownership.
County Home, Tyler County – 2009 List
No physical progress has been made towards
rehabilitating this historic property since its 2009 listing on
PAWV’s Endangered Properties list.
Tyler County Home, also known as the “Poor Farm,” is
currently owned by the Tyler County Commissioners, and the property
is leased to the Fair Association.
In early 2016, ten concerned community members who are
passionate about preserving this piece of Tyler County history
formed the Tyler County Restoration Committee; they elected Peggy
George as its president.
Within nine months, the group successfully fundraised $10,000
for the building’s rehabilitation.
The building remains vacant and continues to deteriorate due
to frequent vandalism and severe water damage (from a leaking roof
and from box gutters and downspouts that are in desperate need of
stabilization and replacement).
The Restoration Committee plans to continue its fundraising
efforts in 2017, as well as to conduct a survey to assess the
community’s interest in preserving and repurposing the County Home.
The members will present their fundraising and survey efforts
to the County Commissioners in early 2017. The hope is that they
will be able to work together with the County Commissioners to
obtain additional funding (such as historic preservation grants) and
to get started on the long process of rehabilitating this property.
Hotel, Clarksburg, Harrison County – 2009 List
As of the site’s last progress update to PAWV
in mid-2016, the Waldo was mothballed, awaiting redevelopment. In
2014-2015, the property was under contract for sale, with the
potential new owners planning to rehab it as a boutique hotel /
condo development. Due to financing issues, however, the sale fell
through. Still, part of the deal required immediate repairs, which
led to progress – including the hotel’s interior being cleaned out,
non-historic additions being removed, and temporary roof repairs
being made. The Vandalia Heritage Foundation is now applying for
historic tax credits and is searching for a capable
development/construction team that can help the foundation renovate
Westly”, Sears Kit Home, Lewisburg, Greenbrier County - 2013 List
According to the Lewisburg Historic Landmarks
Commission, there was no preservation progress on the building in
2016. The house,
which is being adaptively reused by a county agency, is still in
need of paint and maintenance.
Company Store, Scarbro, Fayette County – 2011 List
There has been quite a bit of activity for the
Whipple Company Store since the mid-2016 update.
In May, the roof was repaired, the bathroom floor was
renovated, an open house was held to celebrate its 10-year
anniversary as a museum, and
it hosted a successful car show.
In June, a dedication was held for the “Love” Genealogy and
Study Room, and in July, the store housed a FEMA group helping with
flood relief following the widespread June flooding.
Other events include the site’s Annual Masquerade Ball, held
in “The Golden Ballroom” with a Victorian era theme; Haunted History
tours; a Train Day Heritage event featuring model trains, photos,
and train history; and a Mourning Monday weekly event series
focusing on the history of mourning practices in the coal camp era
of the 1900s. The
Whipple Company Store is also now available for event bookings -
such as family and school reunions, music and theater performances,
anniversaries, and birthday and tea parties.
They have already hosted several music events and a family
& Mary Queen Store, Crum, Wayne County – 2012 List
The original roof of the building collapsed and
requires complete replacement.
The Coalfield Development Company (CDC) has accepted a bid
for replacement of the roof. The first week of April is when CDC
plans to clear around the structure and remove roof debris from
inside the building.
Installation of the new roof is planned for the second week of
CDC had planned to repurpose the property as
mixed-income apartments, with additional plans for adding a library,
fitness center, and Wayne County tourism kiosk.
Unfortunately, the project funder has backed out,
so the organization is
seeking a new funding source.
WV Colored Children’s Home,
Huntington/Guyandotte, Cabell County – 2011 List
Lost and demolished in May 2011 to make way
for the new Huntington East Middle School.
Northern Railroad Water Tower, Kingwood, Preston County – 2012 List
In April 2015, Preston County Parks and
Recreation Commission (PCPaRC) purchased ten miles of the former
West Virginia Northern railroad corridor between Kingwood and
Tunnelton for conversion into a rail-trail. The water tower, which
sat on this purchased property, is now owned and managed by PCPaRC.
The tower had been leaning and had become a safety hazard.
In April 2016, an engineering report and restoration
estimates were obtained to repair and stabilize the tower.
However, the water tower has since been taken down and placed
into storage, pending future plans.
In a 2015 proposed plan, the water tower, the nearby former
railcar maintenance facility, and the 2.5 acres adjacent to the
water tower were envisioned to be the Kingwood–Tunnelton Rail-Trail
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