Book upcoming on W.Va. Capitol’s architecture

MORGANTOWN (AP) — A new book is recounting the architectural history of West Virginia’s State Capitol.

West Virginia University Press says the book, “Cass Gilbert’s West Virginia State Capitol” by Ann Thomas Wilkins and David G. Wilkins, is scheduled to be published next month.

After more than two decades of alternating between Wheeling and Charleston and the fiery destruction of the Gothic Revival Capitol in 1921, a building commission was formed to create a permanent Capitol.

The Legislature approved a budget of more than $6.5 million for the design and construction of the statehouse, and the commission hired internationally renowned architect Cass Gilbert.

The publisher says the book narrates the intricate story behind this architectural feat.

The book includes welcoming remarks by Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin and state Sen. Brooks F. McCabe Jr.

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