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Wheeling Italianate Houses

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Mid-19th century. 14th St. between Chapline and Eoff sts.

Three brick town houses in this block show variations of the popular mid-nineteenthcentury architectural style known locally as Wheeling Italianate. All are essentially Greek Revival in form and proportion, but they display varying amounts of Italianate trim, which were grafted on later. The houses at 54 and 58 14th Street date from the 1830s and show later bracketed Italianate cornices. The George Paull House, at 57 14th Street, dates from 1840 and received its Italianate features in 1865. All three houses remain relatively unaltered from their nineteenth-century appearances, although all now serve commercial purposes. They provide glimpses into urban living in antebellum Wheeling, where houses were conveniently located a block or two uphill from their owners' places of business.

Writing Credits

S. Allen Chambers Jr.

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