POINT PLEASANT — Restoration efforts are continuing on a historic home in Point Pleasant.
Several windows in the A.F. Kisar House, located on Third Street, are being replaced/restored to their original appearance, thanks to two grants – one from the West Virginia Division of Culture and History and a Governor’s Community Participation Program Grant. Matching funds were also provided from Main Street Point Pleasant.
The grant applications had been completed some time ago, and work has been planned for the last couple of years. Though progress is sometimes slow, regardless of the pace, forward motion is still progress. In all, the work on this portion of the windows will cost around $75,000, total, Main Street Point Pleasant Treasurer Darlene Haer said. Allegheny Restoration and Builders Incorporated out of Morgantown is doing the unique work and will likely be done by the end of this month.
Main Street Point Pleasant has gone after all the funds to restore the home in the last several years with that restoration including: $200,000 for the roof and gutters; $546,000 for exterior brick and mortar wok, restoration of the front and side porches and installation of a handicapped ramp. The organization has raised around $821,000 so far for restoration efforts. Main Street Point Pleasant Executive Director Charles Humphreys said the next step will be looking for grants to install a heating and cooling system to maintain the temperature in the home which he hopes will eventually serve as a museum in some capacity.
Humphreys has long said the home is a showplace and there’s no other quite like it in the state of West Virginia.
“We are West Virginia’s best kept secret,” Haer said about the tourism sites in Point Pleasant.
Main Street Point Pleasant has actually had a hand in developing some of those tourism sites, like Riverfront Park and its murals. The organization is also the longest running Main Street program in the state. In addition to Haer, Board Members include Sandy Dunn, Judy Hensley, Elizabeth Jones, Georgianna Tillis, Paul Simon, Joe Supple, Ed Lowe, Ruth Finley, Brian Billings, Bob Doeffinger, Denny Bellamy, Sharon Stapleton. The late Carolyn Harris was also a well-known member of the board.
With Gov. Jim Justice running on a platform of promoting tourism in West Virginia when he was a candidate, Humphreys is hoping Point Pleasant benefits from this in some way down the road, though but he and Haer are aware of the budget situation the state is in at the moment. Funds are drying up for projects like the Kisar Home.
Haer said if anyone has any ideas in terms of going after funding, or fundraisers, they should contact herself or Humphreys. Main Street Point Pleasant can be reached at 304-675-3844.
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