West Virginia Independence Hall

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West Virginia Independence Hall
West Virginia Independence Hall from southwest.jpg
West Virginia Independence Hall is located in West Virginia
West Virginia Independence Hall
Location 16th and Market Streets, Wheeling, West Virginia
Coordinates 40°3′51″N 80°43′18″W / 40.06417°N 80.72167°W / 40.06417; -80.72167Coordinates: 40°3′51″N 80°43′18″W / 40.06417°N 80.72167°W / 40.06417; -80.72167
Built 1860
Architect Ammi B. Young; Alfred B. Mullett
Architectural style Renaissance
Governing body State
NRHP Reference # 70000660
Significant dates
Added to NRHP January 26, 1970[1]
Designated NHL June 20, 1988[2]

West Virginia Independence Hall in Wheeling, West Virginia, was built in 1860 under the supervision of architect Ammi B. Young. During the American Civil War it housed the Wheeling Convention (1861) as well as the West Virginia Constitutional Convention (1863).

The building was originally built as the custom house for the Western District of Virginia and later became the center of government for the Restored Government of Virginia from 1861 to 1863.

It housed the United States District Court for the Western District of Virginia from 1860 to 1864, then the District of West Virginia from 1864 to 1901, and finally the Northern District of West Virginia from 1901 to 1907.

It was declared a National Historic Landmark in 1988.[2][3]

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  1. ^ "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 2007-01-23. 
  2. ^ a b "West Virginia Independence Hall". National Historic Landmark summary listing. National Park Service. Retrieved 2007-10-14. 
  3. ^ Barbara J. Howe (March 18, 1988). "National Register of Historic Places Registration: Wheeling Custom House / West Virginia Independence Hall" (pdf). National Park Service.  and Accompanying 5 photos, exterior and interior, from 1970-1987, 1888, pre-1907, 1969, and undated. PDF (7.10 MiB)

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