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WV Department of Arts, Culture and History
Capitol Complex
1900 Kanawha Boulevard East
Charleston, WV 25305-0300


The mission of the Department of Arts, Culture and History’s State Historic Preservation Office is to encourage, inform, support, and participate in the efforts of the people of West Virginia to identify, recognize, preserve and protect West Virginia’s prehistoric and historic structures, objects and sites.

The value of historic and prehistoric properties is intrinsic and therefore worthy of protection. Their preservation can stabilize neighborhoods, stimulate private investment, provide affordable housing, revitalize downtown activities, attract tourists and enhance community pride. Our office works toward achievement of these goals.

The Office administers both the state and federal historic preservation programs. Our office aids federal and state agencies, local governments and the general public in identifying and preserving the physical historic and prehistoric resources of West Virginia.


The following sites will be considered for nomination to the National Register of Historic Places at the September 30, 2022 meeting of the WV Archives & History Commission.

Virginia Apartments, 902 Main Street, Wheeling, Ohio County

Eleanor Historic District, Eleanor, Putnam County

2022 Draft  Annual Work Program

The proposed Annual Work Program for the 2022-2023 Historic Preservation Program is now available for review and comment. The work program describes the activities and programs the State Historic Preservation Office (SHPO) will undertake as part of its continuing efforts to assist communities and residents of the state in preserving the physical evidence of our history.

Persons reviewing the program document may submit comments by completing a Work Program Comment Form (available with the work program) and mailing or emailing it to christina.j.moore@wv.gov. The deadline for public comment is Sept. 15, 2022.

A paper copy of the proposed work program may be requested by email or by a written request to Christy Moore, SHPO Grants Coordinator, The Culture Center, 1900 Kanawha Blvd, E., Charleston, WV 25305-0300.

State Historic Preservation Office Seeks Nominations for Preservation Awards

The West Virginia State Historic Preservation Office (SHPO) is seeking nominations for Our Legacy, Our Future Preservation Awards. Nominations will be accepted until Sept. 15, 2022. Individuals, organizations, resources and historic districts are all eligible for consideration. The awards will be presented at a reception at West Virginia Independence Hall in Wheeling on Sunday, Oct. 9, 2022, at 2 p.m. Nominations will need a one-page summary of the reasons for the nomination and up to five supporting documents.

This awards program honors the exemplary work of dedicated people who keep the state moving forward as they help to preserve and protect its historic resources. The three award categories include the Betty Woods “Snookie” Nutting Award, Individual Historic Resource Awards and Historic District Awards, with five awards being presented.

The Snookie Nutting Award will be presented to a West Virginian who embodies the spirit and dedication that is making a difference in a community. Nutting has a passion for historic preservation that is inspiring and contagious. Her lifelong pursuit of preservation projects in her hometown of Wheeling is an example of how one person can have an impact on a community.

The Individual Historic Resource Awards recognizes historic preservation efforts associated with an individual historic resource that is listed in the National Register of Historic Places. Awards in this category include an individual person award, which recognizes a person who demonstrates dedication to the historic preservation of an individual resource and whose work has helped to preserve the resource; and an individual resource award, which recognizes an individual resource that represents a significant aspect of West Virginia’s history and plays a role in the continuing understanding of that history.

Historic District Awards are awarded in two categories: organization award and historic district award. The organization award recognizes an organization that has made a significant contribution to the preservation of a historic district through restoration, research and attention to the importance of the district. The historic district award recognizes a historic district that is comprised of multiple components that reflect a significant aspect of West Virginia’s history and is an example of what preservation can mean to a community.

To make a nomination for the preservation awards, please fill out this form and return it to our office.  If you have questions, please contact John Adamik, SHPO education and planning coordinator, at (304) 558-0240 or john.d.adamik@wv.gov.

West Virginia State Historic Preservation Office Sections