POINT PLEASANT — Main Street Point Pleasant has secured another grant to continue restorations of the A.F. Kisar House.
The historic home has been sitting on Third Street in downtown Point Pleasant for more than 100 years. The latest grant is for $29,715 from the West Virginia Division of Culture and History. This is a 50/50 grant, with Main Street Point Pleasant providing half of the matching funds.
The grant will replace at least half of the 39 windows in the home, restoring them to their original appearance. In previous years, the original windows had been modified to be more energy efficient. The replacements will be efficient, but look more like the time period from when the house was built, likely the 1890s.
In addition, some of the grant money will also be used to replace the remaining doors. Darlene Haer, who helped write the grant for Main Street Point Pleasant, said the organization would eventually try for another grant to finish the rest of the windows. Once these are done, the exterior of the house will have been completely restored.
In recent years, the slate roof was replaced, as were the gutters. The exterior brick was cleaned and filled where needed. The exterior stucco was painted, a handicapped-accessible ramp was built and masonry work was done on the side and front entrances. An addition was removed, exposing the original front entrance with the porch rebuilt around that entrance and the original front door was restored. Railing will be placed along the front entrance and ramp to complete a phase of work which began this spring on the house.
Although it could still be years away, Main Street Point Pleasant hopes to create a museum within the home which will hold documents and antiques and collectible items from each town in Mason County, according to Charles Humphreys. Humphreys, who is the director of Main Street Point Pleasant, said there are also plans to create a garden outside the house dedicated to some historical female figures in Mason County’s history.
The property belongs to the City of Point Pleasant, but is under the direction and care of the Main Street Point Pleasant organization.
Future work on the house will hopefully include revamping of the heating and cooling system, as well as other interior work, including plaster repair, according to Main Street Point Pleasant.
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