West Virginia Independence Hall

Also known as: United States Custom House, Wheeling Custom House, Independence Hall
1524 Market St., Wheeling, West Virginia

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Independence Hall

Photo taken by Michael Miller in December 2019

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Description 

Originally constructed as a U.S. Custom House in the spring and summer of 1861, the building was the home of pro-Union State conventions of Virginia. It served as the capitol of the Restored (Unionist) Government of Virginia between 1861 and 1863. The first constitutional convention for the new State of West Virginia also took place here, earning it the name of Independence Hall. -- National Historic Landmark statement of significance, June 20, 1988

National Register information 

Status
Posted to the National Register of Historic Places on January 26, 1970
Reference number
70000660
Architectural style
Victorian: Renaissance
Areas of significance
Military; Politics/Government; Architecture
Level of significance
National
Evaluation criteria
A - Event; C - Design/Construction
Property type
Building
Historic functions
Courthouse; Customhouse; Post office
Current function
Museum
Period of significance
1850-1874
Significant years
1859; 1861; 1863

Update Log 

  • January 6, 2020: New photo from Michael Miller
  • January 12, 2015: New Street View added by Michael Miller

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