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John G. Wilson Building, Shenandoah Street, Harpers Ferry, Jefferson County, WV



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B&W Photos

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Southeast Front

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Southwest Side, Showing Privy In Foreground

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Detail, Southeast Front, Western End, Bay Window

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Interior, Second Floor, Detail Of Fireplace

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Interior, Second Floor, Detail Of Cabinet Next To Fireplace

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Interior, Second Floor, Room '#6', Detail Of Fireplace

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Interior, Looking Down Main Stairwell From Third Floor

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Interior, Third Floor, Southwest End Of Room '#10'

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Perspective View Of Northwest (rear)

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Perspective View (northwest) Of Main Stairway From Second To Third Floor

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Detailed Elevation Of Interior Folding Doors

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Perspective View Of South (front) And East Side

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Perspective View Of South (front) And West Side

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Southeast (front) Elevation With Scale

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Southeast (front) Elevation

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Southeast (front) Elevation, Horizontal View

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Perspective View From South Of Shenandoah Street

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Perspective View From South Of Shenandoah Street, Closer View

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Perspective View From North Of Southeast (front) Facade

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Detail Of Roof, From East Of The North End, Including Chimney & Dormer Windows

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Second Floor Interior View From The Northeast Of The Fireplace & Mantel In The Southwest Wall Of The Southwest Room

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Second Floor Interior View Of The Northwest Wall In The Southwest Room

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Second Floor Interior View To Northeast Of The Center Room

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Second Floor Interior View Of Northeast Room That Shows Box Stair


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Location
Shenandoah Street, Harpers%252525252525252525252525252BFerry, WV

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Created/Published
Documentation compiled after 1933.

Notes
Survey number HABS WV-229
Unprocessed field note material exists for this structure (FN-29, FN-77; N242).
Significance: The John G. Wilson Building is one of several two-and-a-half or three-story masonry buildings which were constructed in Harpers Ferry in the 1810s-30s. Combining both commercial and residential tenants, the Wilson Building and others like it attempted to maximize the income-producing potential of the town's available land. Erected on government-owned land in 1825-26, the site on which it was constructed was created in part by blasting into the rock face of the adjacent hill; the resulting stone rubble was used in its foundations and exterior walls. The Wilson Building is particularly noteworthy for its role in the contentious struggle between the Armory and the Wager family for commercial control of Harpers Ferry in the early nineteenth century. It may be the only extant commercial and residential building in Harpers Ferry which was privately constructed on land owned by the United States Armory.

Collection
Historic American Buildings Survey (Library of Congress)

Contents
Photograph caption(s): 
1. SOUTHEAST FRONT
2. SOUTHWEST SIDE, SHOWING PRIVY IN FOREGROUND
3. DETAIL, SOUTHEAST FRONT, WESTERN END, BAY WINDOW
4. INTERIOR, SECOND FLOOR, DETAIL OF FIREPLACE
5. INTERIOR, SECOND FLOOR, DETAIL OF CABINET NEXT TO FIREPLACE
6. INTERIOR, SECOND FLOOR, ROOM '#6', DETAIL OF FIREPLACE
7. INTERIOR, LOOKING DOWN MAIN STAIRWELL FROM THIRD FLOOR
8. INTERIOR, THIRD FLOOR, SOUTHWEST END OF ROOM '#10'
9. PERSPECTIVE VIEW OF NORTHWEST (REAR)
10. PERSPECTIVE VIEW (NORTHWEST) OF MAIN STAIRWAY FROM SECOND TO THIRD FLOOR
11. DETAILED ELEVATION OF INTERIOR FOLDING DOORS
12. PERSPECTIVE VIEW OF SOUTH (FRONT) AND EAST SIDE
13. PERSPECTIVE VIEW OF SOUTH (FRONT) AND WEST SIDE
14. SOUTHEAST (FRONT) ELEVATION WITH SCALE
15. SOUTHEAST (FRONT) ELEVATION
16. SOUTHEAST (FRONT) ELEVATION, HORIZONTAL VIEW
17. PERSPECTIVE VIEW FROM SOUTH OF SHENANDOAH STREET
18. PERSPECTIVE VIEW FROM SOUTH OF SHENANDOAH STREET, CLOSER VIEW
19. PERSPECTIVE VIEW FROM NORTH OF SOUTHEAST (FRONT) FACADE
20. DETAIL OF ROOF, FROM EAST OF THE NORTH END, INCLUDING CHIMNEY & DORMER WINDOWS
21. SECOND FLOOR INTERIOR VIEW FROM THE NORTHEAST OF THE FIREPLACE & MANTEL IN THE SOUTHWEST WALL OF THE SOUTHWEST ROOM
22. SECOND FLOOR INTERIOR VIEW OF THE NORTHWEST WALL IN THE SOUTHWEST ROOM
23. SECOND FLOOR INTERIOR VIEW TO NORTHEAST OF THE CENTER ROOM
24. SECOND FLOOR INTERIOR VIEW OF NORTHEAST ROOM THAT SHOWS BOX STAIR
Southeast elevation (duplicate of HABS No. WV-229-14)
Perspective view looking from the north (duplicate of HABS No. WV-229-19)


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