Preservation Alliance of West has begun to implement a new program entitled the Buildings At Risk Register featuring historic buildings in West Virginia facing risk of being demolished from neglect, vandalism, owner seeking demolition, or environmental factors. The Creel (or Cain) House in St Marys, Pleasants County, and Top O Rock in Charleston, Kanawha County were approved for this listing in March 2015. The Creel House is being listed after the owner filed a demolition permit, and Top O Rock is listed to highlight an adaptive re-use design competition for the severely vandalized Modernist structure.
The new Buildings At Risk Register will be used to bring attention to at-risk historical resources that may be lost and efforts to save these special places. “The purpose of the register is to demonstrate that these places matter to West Virginians and there is interest in saving them. It will also be an educational tool about the preservation of historic properties all over the state,” explained Danielle LaPresta, executive director for the alliance. The alliance launched this program in February and has received multiple submissions in only a few weeks. The register will serve as a watch list for individuals wanting to know the status of historical resources in West Virginia. Submissions are accepted on a rolling basis and are reviewed once a month by a committee comprised of members of the alliance’s board of directors and staff. The alliance will maintain close contact with persons submitting at risk site applications for advocacy purposes. For a full list of sites on the register, visit https://preservationallliancewv.wordpress.com/b-a-r-r/sites-on-the-buildings-at-risk-register/. Learn more at http://www.pawv.org or by calling 304-345-6005.
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