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Save the Stevenson House
June 20, 2008 - Jody Murphy
It's June 20, West Virginia Day. What better day to make a case to save the home of former W.Va Gov. William Stevenson.
If you've read the newspaper regularly over the last year or so, you should be familiar with the plight of the Juliana Street home.
The city has finally gathered enough funds (more than $50,000 through allocation and grants) to repair the hole in the turret roof. The contractor doing the work will also fix the front porch roof.
City Development Director Ann Conageski told me she's hopeful city workers can do some work to keep the windows from blowing out, thereby making the structure at least water tight.
The city has also put locks on the doors to keep people out.
The Stevenson home needs more work.
Much more work.
The home, to be restored, needs at least a million dollars worth of renovations. That's waaaay too much for the city to bear.
If the Stevenson house is going to be saved it's going to need help.
The city is continuing to apply for grants, both state and federal, but these grant applications need a little shove - with some (politcal) muscle behind that shove. State and Congressional leaders need to take an interest in this cause.
They need to be made aware of how important it is to save the place.
The house is the oldest standing dwelling of ANY former state governor. It deserves a better fate. It doesn't deserve to go the way of Arthur Boreman's (W.Va's first Gov.) home (a parking lot).
I'm not advocating saving the house just to save it. If it's going to be saved and restored let's make into a museum. How 'bout restoring the home into a haven for the county and state's poltical history?
Wood County has produced three governors, and at least two U.S. Senators and a host of other famous and infamous poltical leaders. Why not allow the Stevenson home to house the papers and effects of our area's famed poltical leaders and happenings?
If this is going to be the case, the state and maybe even the federal government, needs to lend a hand and help save the place.
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