John Van Metre House, Kearneysville area, Berkeley County, West Virginia

The Van Metre House (177 Elsie Drive) is a well preserved, locally significant example of a Federal-style I-house constructed c.1780 in Berkeley County. The house grew in size with the addition of a log and frame ell constructed c.1800. Architectural details include Flemish bond brickwork on the facade, jack arched brick lintels, and a centered portico supported by octagonal wood posts and pilasters. The interior of the house is organized around a two over-two-room, central-passage, single-pile plan. The rear ell has two rooms on each floor. Significant interior details include an original fireplace and mantel and built-in cupboards in the dining room and upstairs bedroom. The Van Metre House retains significant historic integrity. By Alan R. Rowe and Erin M. Riebe (2/11/04)

Nomination to the National Register to Historic Sites. Published in "Details", West Virginia Division of Culture and History, Volume 12, Number 1, Page 5.

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