Warwood Neighborhood One Step Closer to ‘Historic District’ Status

Part of the Warwood neighborhood is one step closer to becoming a nationally recognized historic district. Wheeling Heritage has selected Weller and Associates to complete an architecture and history survey of the neighborhood. Work could begin as soon as this week.

The Warwood survey was recently put out to bid after Wheeling Heritage discovered the potential for a historic district in the neighborhood. The survey will include the analysis of an estimated 1,400 properties in the 2,855-acre neighborhood of Warwood.

This project is made possible through a Survey and Planning Grant from the State Historic Preservation Office, provided to Wheeling Heritage in partnership with the Wheeling Historic Landmarks Commission.

“Warwood has maintained its historic integrity, and has an impressive number of early 20th century residential and industrial buildings,” said Betsy Sweeny, Wheeling Heritage preservation manager.

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The purpose of the survey is to collect the information needed to have the district listed on the National Register. Being a designated historic district does not impose any restrictions on individual property owners, but it does allow them to qualify for certain incentives.

“There is no downside,” Sweeny explained. “Being part of a historic district is like a badge of honor. It shines a positive light on a community, and it opens the door for preservation incentives.”

Local historian and Warwood resident Margaret Brennan is happy to see her neighborhood receiving critical attention.

“Warwood is a great place to call home,” Brennan said. “It’s a strong family neighborhood with a unique blend of architectural styles that deserve study and appreciation.”

Wheeling Heritage expects the survey will be completed by early spring.