Lewisburg, Greenbrier County
The Greenbrier County Public Library is an 1834 Adams style building in Greenbrier County and was significant as the “Library and Study for the Supreme Court of Appeals of Virginia” prior to West Virginia statehood in 1863. The building served as a Union hospital and barracks and still has soldier’s inscriptions on the interior walls. Owned by the town of Lewisburg since 1935, it was the Greenbrier County Library from 1941 until 2007. When first listed, the building was reasonably stable, but interior floors had buckled due to water intrusion, and water pipes had burst from lack of heat. It needed a new roof and rehabilitation of windows and bathrooms.
After being listed on Preservation Alliance of WV’s 2010 Endangered Properties List, the City of Lewisburg replaced the roof, installed a heating and air conditioning system, and rehabilitated the wood windows. The City of Lewisburg then leased the library and annex buildings to the New River Community and Technical College Greenbrier Valley Campus, which finished the renovations. The college library moved into the historic buildings in the summer of 2012 with the intention of serving all five of the college’s campuses, in addition to being open to the public. In October 2012, the College celebrated the opening of its new library in the historic pink building.
Endangered Properties List
If you are interested in assisting with any of these preservation projects, contact the Preservation Alliance of West Virginia at firstname.lastname@example.org.