You are here

Campbell-Hicks House

-A A +A
1896. 1102 5th Ave. (northeast corner of 5th Ave. and 11th St.)
  • (West Virginia Collection within the Carol M. Highsmith Archive, Library of Congress, Prints and Photographs Division)
  • Campbell-Hicks House (State Historic Preservation Office, West Virginia Division of Culture and History, Michael Gioulis)

The bizarre arrangements of rough stone and smooth brick facing in this striking Queen Anne mansion give the impression that, halfway through the job, either the architect changed his mind or the quarry ran dry. An elaborate front porch, a later addition, has paired and tripled Ionic columns, but what catches the eye is a slender, round tourelle corbeled from the southwest corner between the first and second floors. Extending two stories, it terminates in a steep conical roof, and had it been executed in stone rather than brick, one might have thought it had been stolen from Carcassonne. The house was built for lawyer and mayor Charles W. Campbell and was later the home of state senator Ira Clay Hicks. A smaller frame house with almost identical massing, but on a lesser scale, nestles close by.

Writing Credits

S. Allen Chambers Jr.

If SAH Archipedia has been useful to you, please consider supporting it.

SAH Archipedia tells the story of the United States through its buildings, landscapes, and cities. This freely available resource empowers the public with authoritative knowledge that deepens their understanding and appreciation of the built environment. But the Society of Architectural Historians, which created SAH Archipedia with University of Virginia Press, needs your support to maintain the high-caliber research, writing, photography, cartography, editing, design, and programming that make SAH Archipedia a trusted online resource available to all who value the history of place, heritage tourism, and learning.