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Frank and Jane Gabor West Virginia Folklife Center

  • Also Known As: Colonial Apartments
  • Also Known As: Kennedy Dairy Barn

  • Address: 2 Squibb Wilson Blvd
  • Vicinity: 0.2 mi N or Locust Ave, Fairmont State University Campus
  • Travel Genus: Sight
  • Sight Category: Building



Y/M/D Person Association Description Composition Food Event
Y/M/D Person Association Description Composition Food Event
1896/00/00 Michael Kennedy Home After oil and gas are discovered on their farm, the family buys 92 acres on Belle Run located on the edge of Fairmont. Michael buys the old Governor Fleming farm from the Gaston Coal Co.
1900/00/00 Kennedy family build a 10 room house (lost). It is assumed that the stables and the milk house are also built at this time. The main house was located at 1313 Locust Ave and the horse barn (lost) was located directly across Locust Ave.
1900/00/00 Designed by Mary and Micheal's son, Edward Phillip Kennedy and his son, Donald Kennedy, the dairy barn is built. Edward insist that cork tile flooring be installed to keep the cows contented.
1918/01/28 Michael Kennedy Died Michael Kennedy dies January 28, 1918. In his will, dated January 13, 1900, he made his wife, Mary A Kennedy his Executrix and left everything to her.
1931/01/00 After running the dairy along with her unmarried children, Stephen Joseph and Mary Cecilia, Mary A Kennedy dies. Her will dated probated until 9 January 1932, outlines the formation of the Brookland Addition and the Oakwood Subdivision on her property.
1938/00/00 A large portion of the Kennedy farm is sold for the development of Fairmont General Hospital, which will be built in 1939. It is during this same time period, 1938-1939, that the dairy is discontinued.
1942/00/00 The Kennedy Dairy Barn is converted to an apartment building. The remodel includes stone veneer, new windows, new doors and the two hip roof porches are added. Silo on the rear elevation are removed, the ell is added and squared off.
1946/08/00 Ruth Ann Musick Home Ruth Ann Musick moves into a 2nd floor unit in the Colonial Apartments, her kitchen opens out onto a balcony where she keeps a pet rooster. She will later live in a 1st floor apartment that has a small porch.
1974/07/02 Ruth Ann Musick Died After developing bone cancer, Ruth Ann Musick dies at home in the Colonial Apartment building.

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Particulars for Frank and Jane Gabor West Virginia Folklife Center:
Historic Use Agricultural outbuildings
Architectural Style American Colonial Revival
Historic Use Animal facility
Area of Significance Architecture
Criteria Architecture-Engineering
Sight Category Building
Area of Significance Education
Narrative Arts Folktale
Level of Significance Local
Historic Use Multiple dwelling
Criteria Person
Owner Private
Level of Significance State

US National Registry of Historic Places Data »

Accurate at time of registration: 26th July 2006

Registry Name: Colonial Apartments
Registry Address: 2 E. Garden Ln.
Registry Number: 06000653
Resource Type: Building
Owner: Private
Architect: Kennedy, Edward Phillip; Kennedy, Donald
Architectural Style: Colonial revival
Contributing Buildings: 2
Other Certification: Date received-pending nomination
Certification: Listed in the National Register
Level of Significance: State; Local
Area of Significance: Architecture, Education
Applicable Criteria: Person, Architecture-Engineering
Significant Year: 1900, 1942, 1946
Associated People: Musick, Ruth Ann, PhD
Historic Function: Domestic, Agriculture, subsistence
Historic Sub-Function: Animal facility, Agricultural outbuildings, Multiple dwelling
Current Function: Education
Current Sub-Function: Educational related housing

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