Abandoned Residences in West Virginia

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


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Sources

  1. Bennett, S. and E. Kennedy. “CB-0620.” West Virginia State Historic Preservation Office, 7 Jul. 1989.
  2. Casto, James E. “Lost Huntington: Albert E. Cox House.” Herald-Dispatch [Huntington], 27 Jul. 2021.
  3. Smith, David. “1896 Club Home.” Huntington WV You Grew Up In H=Town If…, 2 Mar. 2022.

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