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Matewan Town Hall and Fire Department

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1996–1997, Donald C. Harwood. McCoy Alley, south of Mate St.

As part of the discussions that led to the floodwall project, the Corps of Engineers agreed to provide Matewan with a new town hall and fire station. By the time construction was to begin, the design—for a masonry, mansard-roofed structure with narrow slit windows—was ten years old and deemed out of date. Consequently, an architect member of the team responsible for the 1997 Mate Creek Community project ( MI8) offered a design more compatible with Matewan's historic fabric and more up to date. The materials—brick walls and a standing-seam metal roof—are compatible, but the postmodern design may prove to be as dated in several decades as the earlier one would have been by now. A semicircular portico and prominent green-tinted dome are the most decorative features. The fire station occupies an attached, recessed wing; its facade is treated as a separate, pedimented pavilion.

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S. Allen Chambers Jr.
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S. Allen Chambers Jr., "Matewan Town Hall and Fire Department", [Matewan, West Virginia], SAH Archipedia, eds. Gabrielle Esperdy and Karen Kingsley, Charlottesville: UVaP, 2012—, http://sah-archipedia.org/buildings/WV-01-MI7.

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