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Buildings of West Virginia
Chambers, S. Allen.
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New York : Oxford University Press, [2004]

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xxiii, 663 pages : illustrations, maps ; 24 cm.
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Buildings of West Virginia provides a comprehensive guide to the state's built environment, from the prehistoric mounds that are its earliest structures to buildings that have shaped its image--log cabins, elegant spas, and coal company towns--to its everyday commercial, industrial,government, religious, and domestic structures. Buildings and sites are described and interpreted in some 1,000 guidebook entries illustrated with approximately 375 photographs and keyed to 60 maps. Throughout, West Virginia's architecture is related to its distinctive geography, natural resources,early prosperity and later economic decline, and colorful history, first as part of the colony and state of Virginia and then as the Mountain State. About the Buildings of the United States Series: Buildings of West Virginia is the ninth volume to be published in the monumental Buildings of the United States, a series that Edwin McDowell of the New York Times has called "one of the most ambitious in publishing history." Sponsored by theSociety of Architectural Historians, the series is modeled on and inspired by the Buildings of England, the classic, multivolume work written by the eminent British architectural historian Nikolaus Pevsner.

Author Notes

A native of Lynchburg, Virginia, S. Allen Chambers, Jr., has specialized in the study and preservation of historic resources in his native state and in West Virginia. A former senior architectural historian with the Historic American Buildings Survey, he is the author of numerous articles and books relating to historic architecture

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This volume, like the nine published so far in the series Buildings of the United States, is a thorough survey of West Virginia's built environment. Well researched (its author has been a senior architectural historian with the Historic American Buildings Survey), it can be used in a variety of ways: as a resource for looking up pertinent facts about particular buildings or towns, a survey that gives readers a comprehensive overview of what is most interesting or significant about West Virginia architecture, or as a guide book for travel within the state. There are numerous maps and small, clear illustrations, but it would be helpful to those not familiar with the locales if more such photographs accompanied the entries. This volume, like every one of the series, provides a useful bibliography and a concise architectural glossary that may be used to interpret technical and stylistic vocabulary used by professionals. ^BSumming Up: Recommended. General readers; upper-division undergraduates through professionals. R. J. Onorato University of Rhode Island

Table of Contents

List of Mapsp. xi
Guide for Users of This Volumep. xiii
Forewordp. xv
Acknowledgmentsp. xix
Buildings of West Virginia: An Introductionp. 3
Ancient Sitesp. 5
The Woods behind Virginiap. 8
Securing the Frontierp. 11
Dwellings Made with the Trunks of Treesp. 14
A New Countryp. 19
The Springs of Virginiap. 23
Engineering Triumphsp. 25
Statehoodp. 26
West Virginia Welcomes Allp. 31
Mines and Forestsp. 33
Exposition Architecturep. 36
Housing Industrial Workersp. 39
Early-Twentieth-Century Architectsp. 40
Depression-Era Projectsp. 42
Striking Contrastsp. 45
Capital Center and South Central West Virginiap. 51
Charleston (CH)p. 53
Kanawha County (outside Charleston) (KA)p. 90
Clay County (CL)p. 104
Nicholas County (NI)p. 105
Fayette County (FY)p. 107
The Springsp. 123
Greenbrier County (GR)p. 126
Monroe County (MO)p. 147
Summers County (SU)p. 161
Coal Countryp. 173
Mercer County (ME)p. 185
McDowell County (MD)p. 200
Wyoming County (WY)p. 211
Raleigh County (RA)p. 214
Boone County (BO)p. 222
Logan County (LO)p. 223
Mingo County (MI)p. 228
Lower Ohio and Kanawha Valleysp. 233
Wayne County (WA)p. 235
Lincoln County (LI)p. 238
Cabell County (outside Huntington) (CA)p. 239
Huntington (HU)p. 242
Putnam County (PT)p. 267
Mason County (MS)p. 271
Jackson County (JA)p. 280
Oil Country (Mid-Ohio Valley)p. 284
Roane County (RO)p. 287
Calhoun County (CN)p. 288
Wirt County (WI)p. 290
Wood County (WD)p. 292
Pleasants County (PL)p. 309
Ritchie County (RT)p. 310
Doddridge County (DO)p. 312
Tyler County (TY)p. 314
Wetzel County (WZ)p. 319
Northern Panhandlep. 322
Marshall County (MH)p. 323
Wheeling and Ohio County (WH, OH)p. 327
Brooke County (BR)p. 374
Hancock County (HN)p. 383
Northern West Virginiap. 385
Monongalia County (ML)p. 387
Preston County (PR)p. 400
Taylor County (TA)p. 409
Marion County (MA)p. 413
Harrison County (HA)p. 424
Barbour County (BA)p. 437
Central West Virginiap. 441
Upshur County (UP)p. 443
Lewis County (LW)p. 446
Gilmer County (GL)p. 456
Braxton County (BX)p. 458
Webster County (WB)p. 462
Potomac Highlandsp. 464
Pocahontas County (PC)p. 466
Pendleton County (PN)p. 474
Randolph County (RN)p. 477
Tucker County (TU)p. 491
Grant County (GN)p. 494
Hardy County (HD)p. 496
Mineral County (MN)p. 503
Hampshire County (HM)p. 508
Eastern Panhandlep. 514
Morgan County (MR)p. 517
Berkeley County (BE)p. 522
Jefferson County (JE)p. 537
Bibliographyp. 567
Glossaryp. 574
Illustration Creditsp. 599
Indexp. 601