WESTON (AP) — The historic West Virginia Building in Lewis County has received a half-million-dollar makeover.
The Exponent Telegram reports that the renovations include new lighting, fire and smoke detectors and repairs. Using historic photos as their guide, crews matched the original landscaping and repainted the brown building its original blue-gray.
The nearly 80-year-old building at West Virginia University’s Jackson’s Mill property is a replica of the one that housed the state’s exhibit at the 1933 World’s Fair. David Snively of the WVU Extension Service says thousands of people pass through the building annually, and it had started to fall into disrepair. He says historical murals and floor-to-ceiling woodwork were at risk.
Snively says the makeover was about more than repairs — it was about preserving the building and its history.