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Huntington Arcade (Ritter Arcade)

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Ritter Arcade
1925, Leete and Maupin, engineers. 941–943 4th Ave. (south side of 4th Ave. between First Huntington National Bank and Keith-Albee Theatre)

Behind an altogether undistinguished facade, this wonderful civic amenity features a broad passageway flanked by shops on two levels. It is a particularly ebullient example of a nearly vanished downtown American building type, and the sole example remaining in West Virgina. Colorful terra-cotta panels with griffins and rinceau ornament highlight the arcaded firstfloor level, and Tudor shields march above broad rectangular openings on the second floor. An expansive segmental-arched skylight supported on latticed iron girders provides ample light.

Writing Credits

S. Allen Chambers Jr.

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