||Located at 1305 3rd
Avenue, this National Register property is one of Huntington's loveliest
and oldest structures. Built in 1874 by writer William “Coin” Harvey,
at left (whose nickname came from his Free Silver stance in the 1890’s), this
cement stucco house is designed along classical lines with Italianate
detailing. Harvey was born in the town of Buffalo, in Putnam County, and
studied at Marshall College.
His house has suffered extreme neglect in recent years;
there were serious foundation and roofing problems with exterior plaster
starting to fall from the building.
Since the property was left to a foundation for use as a historically
preserved building, however, the future looks much brighter. An occupant
provides on-site security against vandalism, and heat is in use to keep
the house from further deterioration. An ambitious group of concerned Huntingtonians have
engaged an architect to prepare a plan for development and estimates from a
grant provided by the West Virginia State Historic Preservation office.
Successful preservation is possible.
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