Purinton House

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Purinton House
Purinton House, September 2012
Purinton House is located in West Virginia
Purinton House
Location University Ave., Morgantown, West Virginia
Coordinates 39°38′5″N 79°57′20″W / 39.63472°N 79.95556°W / 39.63472; -79.95556Coordinates: 39°38′5″N 79°57′20″W / 39.63472°N 79.95556°W / 39.63472; -79.95556
Area 0.3 acres (0.12 ha)
Built 1904
Architectural style Classical Revival, Colonial Revival
Governing body State
MPS West Virginia University Neo-Classical Revival Buildings TR
NRHP Reference # 85003206[1]
Added to NRHP December 19, 1985

Purinton House is a historic home associated with the West Virginia University and located at Morgantown, Monongalia County, West Virginia. It was built in 1904, and is a 2 1/2 story masonry dwelling with Classical Revival and Colonial Revival style features. It features a large wraparound porch whose hipped roof is supported by Ionic order columns. The porch roof is topped by a balustrade. The roof is topped by a balustraded deck and widow's walk. It served as the on-campus residence for university presidents from 1905 to 1967. On November 2, 1911, President William Howard Taft delivered the address "World Wide Speech," from the front porch of Purinton House.[2]

It was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1985.[1]


  1. ^ a b "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 2010-07-09. 
  2. ^ Randall Gooden (July 1985). "National Register of Historic Places Inventory Nomination Form: Purinton House" (PDF). State of West Virginia, West Virginia Division of Culture and History, Historic Preservation. Retrieved 2011-08-18.