Nicholas Old Main Foundation Honored With Preservation Achievement Award
The area community enjoyed a November 18 reception at which the Nicholas Old Main Foundation was honored with presentation of a Preservation Achievement Award for its efforts in preserving the historic Nicholas County “Old Main” High School in Summersville. The reception was held at Old Main with refreshments, tours, open museum rooms, and presentation of the Preservation Achievement award in the Old Main auditorium. The Preservation Alliance of WV (PAWV) selected the Old Main project for its adaptive re-use plan that incorporates multiple uses while preserving the historic integrity of the building. The Nicholas Old Main Foundation’s multi-use facility serves as a museum, event space, rental & meeting rooms, and venue for live productions. “What’s remarkable about this project is that it is cutting edge compared to other school projects in West Virginia – many of which are in a stage of infancy,” remarked PAWV Executive Director, Danielle LaPresta. “This project shows that there are endless options for preserving and re-using historic schools – what you really need is a dedicated group of volunteers with creative minds who are willing to roll up their sleeves”. This award came about as a result of the regional “Bridges to the Past” touring exhibit implemented and supported by Extension Agent David Rotenizer. Nicholas County agent Ray Moeller will continue to work with the Nicholas Old Main Foundation in implementation of a sustainable model of operation, thus capitalizing on the preservation work that led to this award.