Woodburn Circle

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Woodburn Circle
Woodburn Circle, 2004
Woodburn Circle is located in West Virginia
Woodburn Circle
Location University Ave., West Virginia University, Morgantown, West Virginia
Coordinates 39°38′9″N 79°57′35″W / 39.63583°N 79.95972°W / 39.63583; -79.95972Coordinates: 39°38′9″N 79°57′35″W / 39.63583°N 79.95972°W / 39.63583; -79.95972
Area 1 acre (0.40 ha)
Built 1870, 1876, 1893
Architectural style Second Empire
Governing body State
NRHP Reference # 74002014[1]
Added to NRHP December 4, 1974

Woodburn Circle, also known as W.V.U. Quadrangle, is a historic quadrangle associated with the West Virginia University and located at Morgantown, Monongalia County, West Virginia. It consists of three buildings built in 1870, 1876, and 1893. It is a distinct group of structures on the downtown campus of West Virginia University.[2]

  • Martin Hall: The oldest building is Martin Hall. It is a 2 1/2-story (plus basement) brick building in the Second Empire Eclectic style. It sits on a stone foundation and has a mansard roof with slate shingles and a wooden octagonal-columned cupola with an onion dome. It is named in honor of Rev. Alexander Martin, the first president of West Virginia University.[2]
  • Woodburn Hall: Woodburn Hall was built between 1874 and 1876, and is a brick Second Empire style building. It has a mansard roof topped by a cupola and clock tower. Wings designed by Elmer F. Jacobs were completed in 1900 and 1911. Its name references Woodburn Female Seminary, a school originally located on the West Virginia University campus.[2]
  • Chitwood Hall: Chitwood Hall, originally known as Science Hall, was built in 1893 and is a three-story brick building with a large arched front entrance. It has a slate shingled hipped roof with dormer. It was renamed in 1972, in honor of Dr. Oliver P. Chitwood.[2]

It was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1974.[1]



  1. ^ a b "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 2010-07-09. 
  2. ^ a b c d George A. Smyth, Ted McGee, and James E. Harding (February 1974). "National Register of Historic Places Inventory Nomination Form: Woodburn Circle". State of West Virginia, West Virginia Division of Culture and History, Historic Preservation. Retrieved 2011-08-18.