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El Villa Apartments

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1923, Edward B. Franzheim. 1153 National Rd.
  • (West Virginia Collection within the Carol M. Highsmith Archive, Library of Congress, Prints and Photographs Division)

During the early twentieth century, a number of apartment buildings were built along the pike. This example is among the most notable, and as its name indicates, the style is Spanishinfluenced. Arched windows, iron balconies, stucco, and an open, arcaded porch on the top floor bolster the Iberian illusion. The street floor was designed to contain shops, as was the one-and-one-half-story wing attached to the south of the main block.

Writing Credits

S. Allen Chambers Jr.


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

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