West Virginia Endangered Properties Progress Reports — August 2015
Properties are listed in alphabetical
Harrison County – 2013 List
Statewide Field Representative, Lynn
Stasick, has surveyed the house and is acting as a liaison between
the current owners and contractors to gather estimates and develop a
Repairs on the damaged areas of the building are expected to begin
later this year.
Ananias Pitsenbarger Farm,
Pendleton County - 2013 List
The owners are
developing a preservation plan for the site.
They are planning to host a meeting for the Pendleton County
Historical Society this May.
Arthurdale School Buildings, Arthurdale,
Preston County – 2012 List
In 2014, a
project that would turn the historic Arthurdale High School into 12
apartments is halted
after the developer couldn’t arrange a system to treat and discharge
Courthouse Square National Historic District,
Beckley, Raleigh County –
In April 2015,
after placing the district on its Endangered Properties List, the
surveyed the district in an effort to provide: 1. An assessment of
the condition of the district in accordance with the Beckley
Historic Landmark Commission’s “Architectural Review & Summary
Guidelines” 2. A list of
suggestions to maintain the district’s integrity and prevent its
removal from the
National Register 3.
Examples of other West Virginia communities that maintain successful
revitalization efforts in their historic downtowns
4. Recommendations for the revitalization and overall
improvement of the district.
The full report is available
Train Depot, Berkeley
Springs, Morgan County – 2010 List
Substantial work has been done to
rehabilitate the train depot.
The roof was completed in August 2015 after being covered in
Titanium underlayment in 2011 with support from the West Virginia
State Historic Preservation Office and Governor Tomblin’s office.
Other grant support includes a Department of Environmental
Protection grant for a new HVAC system and Transportation
Enhancement grants for exterior rehabilitation and walkways.
Blue Sulphur Spring Pavilion,
Alderson, Greenbrier County - 2013 List
The Greenbrier Historical
Society / Friends of the Blue Committee received grants from the WV
State Historic Preservation Office and a private foundation to
perform emergency stabilization of the Blue Sulphur Springs
Pavilion. Allegheny Restoration completed the work, which included
reinforcing the foundation, removing the dormers, and installing a
temporary roof. The stewards of the pavilion are currently seeking
funds for phase II of the project.
Bowers House, Mannington, Marion County – 2009 List
The 22-room mansion is currently for
Capitol Music Hall,
Wheeling, Ohio County –
Saved and functioning as it was originally intended - a beautiful
theatre for ballets, plays, and more.
Washington’s Happy Retreat, Charles Town, Jefferson County – 2010 List
Friends of Happy Retreat announced recently that it has received a
major gift to fund the purchase of Happy Retreat, the historic home
of Charles Washington, younger brother of George Washington and
founder of Charles Town.
Friends of Happy Retreat was established in 2006 for the purpose of
acquiring and restoring Happy Retreat as a center for culture and
history for Charles Town, Jefferson County, and beyond. In December,
2014, the City of Charles Town and the non-profit Friends of Happy
Retreat agreed to work together to purchase the 12 acre Happy
Retreat property, owned by the Gavin family, who have been stewards
of the estate for a generation. The City agreed to purchase 10 acres
of land which it will include in a planned linear park along Evitts
Run in Charles Town’s West End. Friends of Happy Retreat agreed to
purchase the house, historic outbuildings, and the two acres of
remaining land. With this major milestone of acquisition reached,
the Friends of Happy Retreat can progress into the effort to restore
the Happy Retreat estate as a center for community events, heritage
tourism, arts and culture, and scholarship. The Happy Retreat
grounds will also connect to existing City of Charles Town park and
recreational lands, as part of an overall Charles Town initiative to
revitalize the community’s west end.
Church of God and Saints of Christ Tabernacle
- "The Blue Church",
Wheeling, Ohio County – 2010 List
This 1837 Greek
Revival church is one of the few pre-Civil War buildings remaining
in Wheeling, WV. This building is the best example of Greek Revival
architecture in Wheeling and is one of the oldest church buildings
in our community. It was consecrated as St. Matthew’s Episcopal
Church on October 27, 1837, by Bishop William Meade. When that
congregation moved to its fourth home, the church was purchased by
the First Baptist Church, whose members called it home for nearly
100 years. The building most recently was used by the Church of God
and Saints of Christ.
When the Ohio
Valley Young Preservationists (OVYP) and the Wheeling National
Heritage Area Corporation (WNHAC) heard that the church was for
sale, they partnered to buy the building. Through generous donations
from two local foundations and countless individuals from all over
the country, the partners were able to raise the funds necessary to
acquire the building.
structural engineers, electricians, environmental assessors, and
others have been through the building and have provided OVYP and
WNHAC with a detailed breakdown of the work needed. The first phase
of work includes the rather urgent replacement of the roof and box
gutters, as well as repair work on the pediment and eaves. The
estimated cost of this work is approximately $135,000.
OVYP and WNHAC
need your help. Your donations, large and small, will help us reach
our goal of $135,000. Donors giving at least $25 will be
automatically entered into a raffle to win the lovely, crotched,
8-bit heart that adorned the Professional Building during this
year’s “lovescaping” of downtown Wheeling.
Please send an
email to Jeremy at firstname.lastname@example.org and Liz at
email@example.com if you have any questions.
East Wheeling Historic District, Wheeling, Ohio County –
In the East Wheeling Historic District, 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 City of Wheeling has not broken ground on the new sports
complex, but new housing constructed by Vandalia Heritage Foundation
has been completed.
Elkins Coal &
Coke Building, Masontown,
Preston County – 2011 List
The Monongahela River Trails Conservancy
has been hard at work raising funds to reuse the Elkins Coal & Coke
Building as a visitors center for the Deckers Creek Rail Trail.
Since May 2014, the organization has raised $115,000 towards the
Fayette Feed &
Fertilizer Building (New River Bikes),
Fayetteville, Fayette County -
The private owner is planning for
renovation. The bike
shop is prosperous and very popular for cycling enthusiasts visiting
the New River Gorge National River area.
Kabletown, Jefferson County – 2014 List
The owners have
begun the process of nominating Feagans’ Mill for inclusion on the
National Register of Historic Places. They have also removed debris
from the site and secured sufficient supplies of Northwest Fir in
preparation for the restoration.
First Ward School, Elkins, Randolph County – 2009 List
The historic First Ward School Apartments is a low-income senior
community apartment complex.This community is located in the
First Ward School near downtown Elkins. The building has been renovated with many modern conveniences.
Glen Jean School,
Glen Jean, Fayette County – 2014 List
The owners have successfully worked with the Fayette County Sheriff’s
office to prosecute the theft of more than 20 windows from the Glen
Jean School. However, vandalism continues to be an issue. The owners
are working to secure an on-site caretaker for the property, as well
as funding for a new roof.
Golden Rule Building, Belington, Barbour County – 2014 List
The Belington Revitalization Committee and Woodlands Development have
been hard at work cleaning up the exterior of the Golden Rule and
securing funds to purchase the building. Renovation plans are also
in the works. The building is slated to have retail space on the
first floor and residential spaces on the second and third floors.
In addition, an article about the Golden Rule’s water-powered
elevator appeared in the October 2014 issue of
Elevator World magazine.
Fayette County – 2010 List
of the Civilian Conservation Corps Museum at Hawks Nest has been put
on hold until additional funding is secured.
Gallatin Jenkins House/Plantation, Lesage, Cabell County – 2012 List
The US Army Corps of Engineers has
completed necessary repairs to the first floor joists and the
structural loading capacity meets the International Building Code
for “Assembly” areas.
The archaeology site is also preserved and protected.
The Corps is looking for a tenant for the building.
Gilmer County – 2010 List
Lynnside Manor, Sweet Springs, Monroe County –
As of 2015,
progress has been made on detailed plans for Lynnside Manor, the
central building in the Lynnside Historic District. Work has also
begun on the landscaping of the historic district. Existing heritage
trees were pruned and about 30 new trees were or will soon be
Railroad Depot, Mannington,
Marion County – 2011 List
McCoy Fort, Williamsburg,
Greenbrier County – 2012 List
McCoy Fort was disassembled in Summer 2013, and the fort’s steward
is now preparing to move and reassemble all of the pieces—including
the foundation stones—on a new site two miles away.
McCreery Hotel, Hinton, Summers County – 2009 List
MountainPlex Properties, LLC purchased
the McCreery Hotel in 2010.
The stately hotel is currently under construction to be
restored and renovated as another popular destination in historic
Mt. de Chantal Visitation Academy, Wheeling, Ohio County – 2011 List
Lost and demolished in November 2011.
The owner of the old school and site, Wheeling Hospital, has
not announced plans for rebuilding on the site.
Old Ansted High
Fayette County – 2011 List
Old Brick Church, Union, Monroe
County – 2012 List
The Monroe County Historical Society
will begin repairs on the Old First Baptist Church in the Spring of
2015. Work will include repairing the columns and repointing the
Old Clay County
Courthouse, Clay, Clay
County – 2012 List
Gilmer County – 2009 List
A short section, which connected the
embankment and the bridge, collapsed after a winter snowstorm in
February 2010. The site
has been cleaned, and the salvageable materials were retrieved from
the wreckage. Some
wooden sections have been rehabilitated to be used to stabilize the
Duck Run Bridge in Gilmer County.
The trusses still need to be transported from the site to a
nearby storage unit.
Greenbrier County Public Library, Lewisburg, Greenbrier County – 2010 List
The City of Lewisburg leased the historic pink library to the New
River Community and Technical College Greenbrier Valley Campus for
its college library.
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 will serve all five campuses
and be open to the public.
Old Fayetteville High School, Fayetteville, Fayette County – 2014 List
The Town of Fayetteville has been working with PAWV’s Field Services
Representative on plans to abate mold and mildew in the Old
Fayetteville High School. The town is also in talks with an
architectural firm to develop a set of architectural drawings to
help with the restoration effort. In the meantime, a number of
groups in the community have expressed interest in using the space
Elkins, Randolph County – 2010 List
ed for the following day.
Proceeds benefit the adaptive re-use of the Riverside School.
Second Presbyterian Church,
Wheeling, Ohio County - 2013 List
With the assistance of over 30
volunteers, new trusses, sheathing, and roll on roofing were
installed in the Second Presbyterian Church. The roll on roofing is
a temporary fix until a tin roof can be purchased and installed. In
order to raise funds for the renovation, the Near Earth Object
Foundation is selling the non-original details of the building (tin
ceiling, church pews, etc.). Contact PAWV at 304-345-6005 if you’re
interested in purchasing materials.
Greenbrier County – 2011 List
Staats Hospital, Charleston, Kanawha County – 2012 List
Construction is underway at the former Staats Hospital in
Charleston’s West Side. Developer Tighe Bullock has big plans for
the historic building. The former hospital has been vacant for at
least ten years and is now getting a makeover. By summer of 2015, a
few retail stores and even a restaurant could be moving into the
Washington Street West building. Bullock repaired the roof to get it
through the winter and is now working on building the store fronts.
With the renovation of this “entrance gate” of West Side, Bullock
hopes that the rest of the area will eventually follow suit.
The Charleston Area Alliance supplied a $150,000 loan and $15,000
grant to help the project. SHPO granted $78,000 through the 2015 WV
Historic Development Grants and West Side Main Street assisted with
a $20,000 matching grant.
Quarrier Diner, Charleston, Kanawha County – 2010 List
Saved and open to serve great food in downtown Charleston.
Home, Tyler County –
Waldo Hotel, Clarksburg, Harrison County – 2009
The Waldo Hotel is under new ownership and is being renovated.
“The Westly”, Sears Kit Home,
Lewisburg, Greenbrier County - 2013 List
Historic Landmarks Commission is in the process of identifying and
securing funds to pay for repairs to the roof and for exterior
painting. In addition, an organization is using the Westly for the
first time in a number of years.
Fayette County – 2011 List
With the assistance of PAWV’s Field
Services Representative, the Whipple Company Store’s windows, doors,
and roof have been weatherproofed. A crew of volunteers painted the
exterior of the building to preserve the wood. The grounds have also
received attention, including the addition of a victory garden, a
picnic area, a simulated coal mine, and a small, outdoor
William & Mary
Queen Store, Crum, Wayne
County – 2012 List
Coalfield Development Corporation took
ownership of the William & Mary Queen Store Building in January
2015. Funding sources have been secured to adaptively reuse the
property as mixed-income apartments. CDC is looking into additional
funding for a library, fitness center, and Wayne County tourism
Cemetery Chapel & Residence, Fairmont, Marion County – 2011 List
Colored Children’s Home, Huntington/Guyandotte, Cabell County –
Lost and demolished in May 2011 to make way for the new
Huntington East Middle School.
Railroad Water Tower,
Kingwood, Preston County – 2012
Wyco Church, Mullens, Wyoming County –