Purinton House

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Purinton House
Purinton House, September 2012
Purinton House is located in West Virginia
Purinton House
Purinton House is located in the US
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
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 Park Service (2010-07-09). "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 
  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.