West Virginia Department of Arts, Culture & History

Architect Paul Marshall to Reflect on his Career in Historic Preservation in Charleston at Nov. 17 Lecture at Culture Center


CHARLESTON, W.Va. – Charleston architect Paul Marshall will present the final lecture in the State Historic Preservation Office’s lecture series on Thursday, Nov. 17, at 6 p.m. in the Education Media Room at the Culture Center, State Capitol Complex.  Marshall’s presentation, “Reflections on a Historic Preservation Career” will complete the series which celebrates the 50th anniversary of the National Historic Preservation Act. The lecture is free and open to the public.

“Paul Marshall is one of the state’s earliest preservation architects and his contributions to historic preservation in West Virginia are exceptional,” said Susan Pierce, deputy state historic preservation officer. “Many organizations and government agencies have relied on his expertise to lead their rehabilitation efforts.”

Marshall was one of the first architects in West Virginia to focus on historic rehabilitation projects.  He established his architectural firm in 1972, six years after the passage of the National Historic Preservation Act. His efforts include work at Arthurdale in Preston County, the Sites Homestead in Pendleton County, Graceland in Elkins and the Philippi Covered Bridge.  In Charleston, he is associated with projects at Glenwood, downtown Brawley Walkway, Kanawha County Courthouse, First Presbyterian Church and his own home and office, Breezemont.

The National Historic Preservation Act has allowed historic resources to be recognized through the National Register of Historic Places and preserved through the survey and planning and development grant programs as well as historic rehabilitation tax credits.

For more information about the lecture series, contact John Adamik, education and planning coordinator for the SHPO, at (304) 558-0240.

Patrons may park behind the Culture Center after 5 p.m. on Nov. 17 and enter the building at the back loading dock area. There also is limited handicapped parking available in the new bus turnaround. Visitors parking there should enter at the front of the building.

The West Virginia Division of Culture and History is an agency within the West Virginia Department of Education and the Arts with Kay Goodwin, cabinet secretary. The division, led by Commissioner Randall Reid-Smith, brings together the past, present and future through programs and services focusing on archives and history, arts, historic preservation and museums. For more information about the division’s programs, events and sites, visit www.wvculture.org. The Division of Culture and History is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer.



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