Local historians think the Boury building was built between 1890 and 1902, making the landmark one of the oldest in Wheeling.
“We’re fascinated because the WODA group is being very good about maintaining the historic relevance of the building,” said Jeanne Finstein, a member of the friends of Wheeling.
The building is rich with history, one special feature are the original train tracks for loading and unloading into the warehouse. The WODA group says they will be preserving them with glass over top.
“I love the fact that they found LaBelle nails, in the building and the fact that it’s still wood construction which is very rare to have survived all these years,” said Finstein.
Not only is the group working to preserve Wheeling’s history, they are working to give Wheeling a brighter future.
“Hire the local contractors, because the local contractors, this is their backyard, they’ll have your back when the schedule gets tight or we’re running low on time. We can push them and they will respond and they will help us cross the finish line because they have pride in this building this is their building. You could go to a large city maybe Pittsburgh or Columbus, bring in the big outfit, the big guys, and blow it out real quick, but the money goes back to Pittsburgh or Columbus, why not let it stay here,” said Del Hollern, project manager for the WODA group.
Del says once the building is up to code and finished inside–it will be a staple in Wheeling for many years to come.
“This will end up being one of the trophies and I’m hearing we’re getting granite counter tops and it’s going to start upgrading and there’s going to be some special lighting in the kitchen. When it’s done and you see the final product during the open house, you’ll be amazed,” said Hollern.