"Coin" Harvey Home

Huntington, Cabell County
(1999 Endangered List)

 
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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