A Tour of the Flatiron Building
Anyone who has wandered down the streets of our once bustling city can’t help but notice Wheeling is a city full of architectural treasures. We walk by the exteriors, admiring the beautiful brickwork, the intricate terra cotta ornamentation, the elaborate wooden carvings, the gorgeous old windows, historic wavy glass still intact, creating ripples in time. We peer into often empty buildings, longing to know why such a majestic building is now vacant, what its history was, what tales its ghosts would tell, what hidden architectural gems lie inside.
On Wednesday, April 1st, an eager crowd was given the chance to get this inside glimpse of one of Wheeling’s most distinctive buildings. Thanks to gracious hosts and current building owners, Kevin and Patricia Duffin, the Friends of Wheeling led an enthusiastic group through the Flatiron Building (1507 Main Street). Friends of Wheeling President, Jeanne Finstein, prepared a brief history of the building, which she shared with the crowd before the tour commenced. For those of you who were unable to attend, we present to you Ms. Finstein’s Flatiron building history, followed by a gallery of photos from the fascinating tour.