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Blennerhassett Hotel

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1889, 1986. 322 Market St. (south corner of Market and 4th sts.)
  • (West Virginia Collection within the Carol M. Highsmith Archive, Library of Congress, Prints and Photographs Division)
  • Blennerhassett Hotel (West Virginia State Archives)

This Queen Anne hotel, built of brick and trimmed with stone, has details that define the style: the requisite corner tower (rounded with conical roof), myriad gables, and windows of various shapes and sizes. Inside, approximately fifty guest rooms were arranged around an open well containing a central staircase. Communal bathrooms were located on each of the four floors.

The rounded corner on the first floor originally housed the First National Bank, of which the hotel's builder, William N. Chancellor, was an officer. When it was placed on the National Register in 1982, the Blennerhassett had been vacant for several years. Fortunately, Robert Goldman, a Pennsylvania entrepreneur, refurbished and enlarged the hotel, using rehabilitation tax incentives, and reopened it in 1986.

Writing Credits

S. Allen Chambers Jr.

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