This is a gallery of abandoned residences in West Virginia.
Albert E. Cox House
The Albert E. Cox House is an abandoned house-turned-club near downtown Huntington, West Virginia. It was designed by J.B. Stewart in the Queen Anne architectural style 1 for local businessman Albert E. Cox in 1896. 2
In 1795, William T. Cox moved from Buckingham County, Virginia to Mason County and then to Cabell County where he opened a general store and built a wharf to serve steamboats along the Ohio River. 2 The area became known as Cox Landing.
Albert E. Cox was born in 1860 to William’s son John A. Cox and Adela Fuller. 2 Albert worked at his grandfather’s store and later became successful in buying and selling various businesses, including managing a grocery store in 1892, a harness manufacturer and dealer in 1895. 3 After relocating to Huntington, he hired Stewart to design an elaborate residence that contained a stone veranda around the front entrance and rusticated stone foundation. 2
In 1930, Albert and his wife, Cora Cox, moved with their oldest child to Latulle Avenue. 3 The house was then occupied by the Stevers family and other individuals before it was divided into apartments in the 1960s. 2 3 The 1896 Club, a nightclub, was established in the house in 1977. It contained a dance floor with a mirrored ceiling in the basement, a bar and stage on the first floor, and a pool table and other amenities on the second floor. The 1896 Club closed in 1997. 3