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Riggleman Hall

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1950–1952, Wilbur A. Meanor; Greife and Daly. North side of Cherokee Ave., west of intersection with 25th St.
  • (West Virginia Collection within the Carol M. Highsmith Archive, Library of Congress, Prints and Photographs Division)
  • Riggleman Hall (Michelle Krone)

A late example of the Art Deco style, this irregular U-shaped building was designed as a multipurpose facility for some 2,000 students. When construction was about to commence, the college president noted: “The plans and specifications are largely the work of the late Wilbur Meanor.… The firm of Greife and Daly took them over after his death and drafted them, with changes, in their present form.” The building is faced with yellow brick trimmed with limestone. Spandrels are of polished Virginia greenstone with incised decorations. On the gently curving riverfront facade of the central section, stylized pilasters separate tall glazed areas, suggesting a colonnade. Long, three-story wings, recessed from the center, extend on each side. The building stretches 350 feet and presents a Moderne counterpoint to the capitol across the river.

Writing Credits

S. Allen Chambers Jr.

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