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W.Va. preservation group adds first 2 properties to new Buildings At Risk Register

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CHARLESTON, West Virginia — The Creel House in St. Marys and Top O Rock in Charleston are the first properties to be listed on Preservation Alliance of West Virginia's new Buildings At Risk Register.

The group says it created the register to draw attention to historical buildings at risk of demolition.

Built in 1850, the Creel House served as a hotel in the late 19th century. The preservation group says the building's current owner has obtained a demolition permit.

The late architect Henry T. Elden designed Top O Rock, a circular glass-and-steel hillside house built in 1968. Vandals damaged the house in 2014.

The preservation group says Top O Rock made the register because of a design competition to develop plans to preserve and adapt it for a new use.

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