Renovations Coming to National Landmark in Martinsburg

Renovations Coming to National Landmark in Martinsburg

Matthew Grove, an architect with Grove and Dall'olio, has the task of designing heating, air conditioning and plumbing to the national landmark. Grove says everything is good to go. He's waiting on a stamp of approval.

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - It's been a historic landmark in Martinsburg for decades and after extensive renovations, it was hoped the Martinsburg Roundhouse would become a center for community activities.

The Martinsburg Roundhouse dates back to the Civil War, and many people in Berkeley County feel an attachment to the historic structure. Randy Lewis of Main Street Martinsburg, an organization that promotes the city through historical preservation, said there's an appreciation of what the past and future impact the Roundhouse has to the city.

"They were a lot of people walking around, just admiring the history of it," said Lewis. "The value of it is very important; I think the community as well as our organization."

When the county purchased the rights in 1999, the West Virginia Legislature created the Martinsburg-Berkeley County Roundhouse Authority. The authority was created to find ways to generate economic revenue through the roundhouse.

Roundhouse committee member Elaine Mauck, said the center has held many events including the Apple Harvest festivals, however she said the building needs improvements in order to attract more venues.

"That is a 10 to 15 acres area. We are looking to be the Roundhouse Culture Center, first of all the shop has enough space to seat 500 to 600 for a meal," said Elaine Mauck of Martinsburg/Berkeley County Roundhouse Authority.

Matthew Grove, an architect with Grove and Dall'olio, has the task of designing heating, air conditioning and plumbing to the national landmark. Grove says everything is good to go. He's waiting on a stamp of approval.

"We have been waiting for approvals from the West Virginia Department of Highways, it's become a rather slow process because of environmental reviews," said Grove. "It's mandated for all highways projects, projects that have highways money in them."

Officials say the final restorations should be complete by July of next year.

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