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Christian Hess House

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1876, S. M. Howard. 811 Main St.

Several years after Christian Hess built his house, a regional history described it as “a splendid brick structure with a thirty-three foot frontage, commanding a view of the river, and in point of architecture and attractive surroundings, second to few in this section.” The description still applies. The Hess house is a handsome Italianate building with prominent quoins defining the corners and a bold, bracketed cornice. The entrance bay to the left projects from the facade and is capped with a triangular pediment that amplifies the pedimented lintels above the first- floor windows and door. Inside, as befits a house built during the nation's centennial, the figure of Columbia is used prominently as a decorative motif. The Victorian Wheeling Landmarks Foundation also owns this house and opens it to the public.

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S. Allen Chambers Jr.
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S. Allen Chambers Jr., "Christian Hess House", [Wheeling, West Virginia], SAH Archipedia, eds. Gabrielle Esperdy and Karen Kingsley, Charlottesville: UVaP, 2012—, http://sah-archipedia.org/buildings/WV-01-WH40.

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