Buildings on the pleasantly rural campus of this state-assisted college provide few clues that the institution is now well into its second century. The first frame academy was hastily built in the 1870s, and the present campus, just east of town, was established in 1911. Some of West Virginia's best-known architects designed the college's buildings in the early years, including Harrison Albright and H. Rus Warne of Charleston, the firm of Franzheim, Giesey and Faris of Wheeling, and A. F. Wysong of nearby Princeton and Charleston. Robert A. Sheffey's library addition to Warne's Administration Building is the most accomplished of the college's Georgian Revival structures. More recent construction has moved in divergent stylistic directions, but the abiding impression of the college remains one of red brick, white trim, and green lawns.
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