The Algoma Company Store

c. 1948 Algoma Coal & Coke Company Store

Located along the back roads in the Pocahontas Coalfield of southwest West Virginia is the long-abandoned Algoma Company Store and Offices. What a gem to come across a rare Art Moderne-style structure built of steel, concrete, and brick in a region more known for its cheap and temporary wood-framed buildings.

Designed by Welch architect Hassel T. Hicks, the two-story structure was constructed in 1948 to replace an antiquated wood-framed building from 1894. It featured a typical dry goods company store and a revolutionary self-service grocery store on the ground floor, and company offices and medical clinics on the second floor.

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