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Houston Coal Company Store and Houston House

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1919 (house), 1920 (store), E. C. Burroughs. North side of U.S. 52, at intersection with McDowell County 52/6 (Carswell Hollow Rd.)
  • Houston Coal Company Store and Houston House (State Historic Preservation Office, West Virginia Division of Culture and History, Stacy Sone)

This one-story building of dark red brick, covered with an expansive hipped roof of green tile and surrounded by a large, well-shaded yard, is the most intact of McDowell's coal company stores. Arched fenestration adds a stylish note, and projecting end wings, covered by extensions of the hipped roof, add variety to the long, low facade. The owner's former house stands behind dense plantings on an abrupt, steep knoll across Carswell Hollow Road from the store. It is built of the same materials as the store and shows similar stylistic influences, though it has more specific architectural reference to the Tudor style. A Cincinnati architect designed both buildings.

Writing Credits

S. Allen Chambers Jr.


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S. Allen Chambers Jr., "Houston Coal Company Store and Houston House", [Welch, West Virginia], SAH Archipedia, eds. Gabrielle Esperdy and Karen Kingsley, Charlottesville: UVaP, 2012—,

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