Wealthy Wheeling businessperson Henry Kilbourne List, who dealt in wholesale groceries, wool, and pig iron before transitioning to banking and serving as president of the City Bank of Wheeling (located in what is now known as the Professional Building), constructed a new building at the corner of Main and Quincy Streets, with H.K. List & Co. occupying the two lower rooms and R. Porter & Son, a wholesale and retail boot and shoe company, occupying the third room.
This building has since been combined with three other buildings in a 1990s renovation done by Wheeling Heritage to become the Wheeling Artisan Center. An Italianate commercial structure, the building has sections dating to before West Virginia's formation from Virginia, as evidenced by the cast iron pilasters labeled "Wheeling Va." and "Wheeling W. Va." The remodel features a three-story atrium. The shop showcases locally made products and food from area farmers and artisans. There is also an exhibition space and a restaurant. Ongoing renovations by Wheeling Heritage aim to further utilize the space for galleries and events as part of downtown revitalization. The Artisan Center celebrates the city's heritage through historic preservation and community involvement.
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