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Follow-Ups On Past Endangered Sites

West Virginia Endangered Properties Updates — February 2017

Properties are listed in alphabetical order.

Abruzzino Mansion, Shinnston, Harrison County – 2013 List

Abruzzino Mansion in Shinnston, WV

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.

Ananias 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  4-H.  


Avis Overhead Bridge, Hinton, Summers County – 2016 List

  No updates since the structure was listed in mid-2016.


Beckley 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 Register-eligible.

Berkeley Springs Train Depot, Berkeley Springs, Morgan County – 2010 List 

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.


Blue 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 water tight.

·         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 Award.


Bowers 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.  

Capitol 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. 



Charles Washington’s Happy Retreat, Charles Town, Jefferson County – 2010 List

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.



Church 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 Church.  Structural 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. 


Elkins 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.


Fayette 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.

First Ward School, Elkins, Randolph County – 2009 List 

The 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.


The 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.

Glen 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 demolition options.  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.

Golden 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 secured.   Fundraising efforts have continued, such as their Save the Golden Rule Garden Party, which was held in the yard of the building in June.



Hawks 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 School open.

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 several places.)


General Albert Gallatin Jenkins House/Plantation, Lesage, Cabell County – 2012 List 

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 property.



The 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 context.  Wheeling National Heritage Area is currently seeking a buyer for the property who is interested in keeping the historic context of the block.

Little Kanawha Bank, Glenville, Gilmer County – 2010 List

No updates have been made available to PAWV in 2016.  


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 community events. 

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 List

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.



McCoy 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 event.


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.


New 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 based fundraiser.

Old Ansted High School, Ansted, Fayette County – 2011 List

 No updates have been made available to PAWV in 2016.

Old First Baptist Church (Old Brick Church), Union, Monroe County – 2012 List 

The Monroe County Historical Society had the church’s gutters removed, and the individual segments were welded together.  They were then reattached and leveled.


Old 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.


Old 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 replace it.  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.

Old 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.

Old Glenville Bridge, Glenville, Gilmer County – 2009 List                            

No updates have been made available to PAWV in 2016.

Old 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’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.


Old 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 List 

Several years ago, the Riverside School Association stabilized the structure and partially rehabbed the school.  Restoration 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 church bell.


Second Presbyterian Church of Wheeling final collapse

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.

Staats 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.

Staats Hospital Charleston, WV

Quarrier Diner, Charleston, Kanawha County – 2010 List  

Saved 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.



Tyler 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.

Waldo 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 the property.

“The 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.

Whipple 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 reunion.



William & 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 April.

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.

William and Mary Queen Store

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.

WV 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 entrance.  


Wyco Church, Mullens, Wyoming County – 2009 List

No updates have been made available to PAWV in 2016.