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Post Mansion

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1860s. 1891, Draper Hughes. 8 Island Ave.
  • (West Virginia Collection within the Carol M. Highsmith Archive, Library of Congress, Prints and Photographs Division)

This mansion began as a brick house but was veneered with quarry-faced stone in 1891. Buckhannon architect Hughes added a three-story battlemented tower that protrudes at an angle from the southwest corner of the basic rectangular block. Surprisingly, the rest of Hughes's renovations are Beaux-Arts classical with a Palladian window, Tuscan columns, and a modillioned cornice beneath a massive, dormered hipped roof. Inside, lincrusta-covered walls and parquet floors add to the period flavor. As the 1993 National Register nomination for the property states, the best one-word summation is baronial.

Writing Credits

S. Allen Chambers Jr.

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