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Wellsburg, WV

Appalachian Regional Commission (Wellsburg Urban Redevelopment Authority)

Wellsburg Bell Buildings


Architecture, Adaptive Reuse, Condition Assessment


The Landmarks Team provided Technical Assistance to the Wellsburg URA through the Opportunity Appalachia program to identify the highest and best use for The Bell Buildings in Wellsburg, WV. The Bell Buildings are two- and three- story buildings that date to the late 1800s located along Wellsburg’s Town Square. All three buildings are listed on the National Register of Historic Places as contributing buildings to the downtown historic district. Our team compiled a conditions assessment of the current state of the existing buildings tied to existing conditions architectural drawings (plans and elevations.) Based on the result of the market assessment, potential uses for the buildings were identified and test fit within the building to understand the physical feasibility. Preliminary drawings and renderings were created that programmed these prominent buildings with restaurant, coffee shop, retail, and office spaces, while establishing accessible routes to all ground floor public spaces.

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