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Halliehurst Gatehouse

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c. 1890, Charles T. Mott. East corner of Sycamore and Buffalo sts. at the south entrance to the lower campus
  • (West Virginia Collection within the Carol M. Highsmith Archive, Library of Congress, Prints and Photographs Division)
  • Halliehurst Gatehouse (State Historic Preservation Office, West Virginia Division of Culture and History, Ralph Pedersen)

This little stone and shingle structure stands at the foot of the hill below Halliehurst. Although it echoes the mansion's design on a diminutive scale, it mostly looks like something that Hansel and Gretel might have come upon in the deep, dark woods. A polygonal-ended, one-story wing covered with a long, steep hipped roof protrudes from a circular, two-story element covered with a conical roof. A rounded turret that emerges where the two come together is covered with a steep witch's-cap roof. Actually larger than it appears, the gatehouse was originally referred to as the lodge and served as home to an early gatekeeper and his family. It now serves as a guesthouse for visiting scholars, or perhaps as a home for visiting gnomes.

Writing Credits

S. Allen Chambers Jr.

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