City leaders in Wheeling are making efforts to demolish a significant number of historic buildings in the East Wheeling Historic District. Earlier this year, I documented the large section of the East Wheeling neighborhood that city leaders seek to acquire by eminent domain. The intention is to bulldoze and replace the once elegant Civil War-era Victorian architecture with a ball park. There is currently a lawsuit filed by home owners in the neighborhood who wish to keep their homes, but the city still intends to raze these and the other homes in the area. You can see the pictures I took of the area the mayor wants to completely tear down here: Large Section of East Wheeling Historic District to be Demolished.
|A large block of Civil War-era Victorian housing to be demolished in the East Wheeling Historic District.|
Read more about the eminent domain case in East Wheeling here: http://www.news-register.net/page/content.detail/id/561873/Judge-Recht-Consolidates-East-Wheeling-cases.html?nav=515
In addition to the neighborhood clearance in East Wheeling, a large section of the 1100 block of Main and Market in Center Wheeling will also be demolished. Read more here: http://www.news-register.net/page/content.detail/id/561842/Bond-ordinance-for-1100-block-irks-preservationists.html?nav=510
The former Fort Henry Club, a 19th century landmark in downtown Wheeling, is also endangered. The club recently closed and the building is in the hands of the Episcopal Church next door, who seek to demolish the building if not sold within six months. Read more here: http://www.theintelligencer.net/page/content.detail/id/562666/Former-Fort-Henry-Club-Has-6-Months.html
See the real estate listing for the Fort Henry Club here.
Demolition has also started at a Wheeling landmark, the Mount de Chantal, built in 1865: http://www.news-register.net/page/content.detail/id/561536/Demolition-Begins-At-Mount-de-Chantal.html?nav=515
|Historic Mount de Chantal, Wheeling, WV (now being demolished)|