The Fayette Tribune, Oak Hill, W.Va.

Local News

April 6, 2014

Award recognizes endangered historic property

At last month’s Fayetteville town council meeting, James Akers, mayor and chairperson of the Old Fayetteville High School Committee, was presented the West Virginia Endangered Historic Properties Recognition Award by Town Superintendent Bill Lanham, who accepted the award on behalf of the Town of Fayetteville in February at the Governor’s Office.

Also on hand at the award ceremony in Charleston at the Governor’s office were State Senator Ron Miller; Lynn Stasick with the Preservation Alliance of West Virginia; Hank Seay, chairman of the School Building Committee; Bill Lanham, town superintendent; State Senator Bill Laird; and James Akers, mayor of Fayetteville.

Officials say the town wants to breathe new life into its old high school building. The local C.G. Janutolo Company provided the stone masons for the school construction in 1923. The three-story stone structure originally housed the high school and was later used as a middle school.

In 1999, the school board closed the building to students and converted it into storage.

In 2007, a West Virginia University Community Design Team identified the importance of the old high school and encouraged preservation efforts for the Fayetteville Historic District. It was suggested that the town acquire the former school and repurpose it for community use. Then, the Town of Fayetteville purchased the building, began the restoration process and reached out to community groups and local artisans to become potential tenants.

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