WYP's Weekly Word
Wednesday June 24th, 2015
Wheeling Young Preservationists first Weekly Word was selected in honor of the iconic weather-worn detail of our beloved Old Blue.
noun ped·i·ment \ˈpe-də-mənt\
in architecture, triangular gable forming the end of the roof slope over a portico (the area, with a roof supported by columns, leading to the entrance of a building); or a similar form used decoratively over a doorway or window. The pediment was the crowning feature of the Greek temple front.
A Few Local Favorites
"In 1975 the station was adapted with minimal exterior change to become the West Virginia Northern Community College. It was not until 1989, with the creation of College Square Plaza, that an appropriately grand approach in keeping with the Beaux-Arts depot was realized. Several buildings, among them a 1920s Pythian Lodge, were demolished to provide a site for the plaza. Three curved pediments from the lodge were preserved, set on brick piers, and used to form gateways to the landscaped park. The plaza design, by the Wheeling architecture firm of Shaeffer and Madama, won an honorable mention from the West Virginia Chapter of the AIA in 1989."