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Market Plaza

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Various dates. Market St. between 10th and 11th sts.

This minimally landscaped urban park occupies the site of Wheeling's early-nineteenthcentury town hall and city market, which was replaced in 1911 by a combined market and auditorium. Frederic F. Faris designed this structure, which housed the market on the street level and contained a 3,000-seat auditorium, once the largest in West Virginia, in the central section of the second story. The marketauditorium is long gone, but a poignantly inscribed cornerstone remains at the southeast corner of the plaza: “Market Auditorium. Erected A.D. 1911. By the People, For the People.”

The plaza divides Market Street between 10th and 11th streets. A number of small-scale commercial structures, several dating from the 1860s and 1870s, remain on the west side. These were among the first commercial buildings rehabilitated in the late-twentieth-century attempts to revitalize downtown.

Writing Credits

S. Allen Chambers Jr.


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S. Allen Chambers Jr., "Market Plaza", [Wheeling, West Virginia], SAH Archipedia, eds. Gabrielle Esperdy and Karen Kingsley, Charlottesville: UVaP, 2012—,

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