Purinton House

Purinton House is a historic home associated with the West Virginia University and located at Morgantown, Monongalia County, West Virginia. It was built in 1904, and is a 2 1/2 story masonry dwelling with Classical Revival and Colonial Revival style features. It features a large wraparound porch whose hip roof is supported by Ionic order columns. The porch roof is topped by a balustrade. The roof is topped by a balustraded deck and widow's walk. It served as the on-campus residence for university presidents from 1905 to 1967. On November 2, 1911, President William Howard Taft delivered the address "World Wide Speech," from the front porch of Purinton House.[2]

Purinton House
Purinton House, September 2012
Purinton House is located in West Virginia
Purinton House
Purinton House is located in the United States
Purinton House
LocationUniversity Ave., Morgantown, West Virginia
Coordinates39°38′5″N 79°57′20″W / 39.63472°N 79.95556°W / 39.63472; -79.95556Coordinates: 39°38′5″N 79°57′20″W / 39.63472°N 79.95556°W / 39.63472; -79.95556
Area0.3 acres (0.12 ha)
ArchitectFulton, J. Charles
Architectural styleClassical Revival, Colonial Revival
MPSWest Virginia University Neo-Classical Revival Buildings TR
NRHP reference No.85003206[1]
Added to NRHPDecember 19, 1985

It was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1985.[1]


  1. ^ a b "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. July 9, 2010.
  2. ^ Randall Gooden (July 1985). "National Register of Historic Places Inventory Nomination Form: Purinton House" (PDF). State of West Virginia, West Virginia Division of Culture and History, Historic Preservation. Retrieved 2011-08-18.