Preservation Efforts


The Weston Hospital Task Force released criteria in 2002 for the

submission of proposals for adaptive reuse of all or a part of the former mental hospital situated on forty acres near downtown Weston, Lewis County, West Virginia. Purportedly the largest hand-cut stone building in North America, the mammoth structure has been vacant since 1995 when patients were transferred to the new William R. Sharpe Jr. Hospital.

The criteria required potential developers to submit the nature of their potential reuse, development costs and marketing facts, job creation, and financial strategy.

Proposals would be reviewed and evaluated for integrity, feasibility, and impact on the community using a point system for rating. Oral presentations of the most promising concepts were to be in January 2004.

Initial deadline for submission of proposals was June 30, 2003, with all requested information required by September 30, 2003.

While these dates have come and gone, no specific adaptive reuse was selected by October 1, 2004. Developers are still invited to submit proposals. Those interested in obtaining the criteria should contact the Weston Hospital Task Force, PO Box 693, Weston, WV 26452, the West Virginia Development Office, or download from this site. Click Here for the Adaptive Reuse Proposal Criteria.

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