Frank & Jane Gabor WV Folklife Center

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Originally a barn, this historic building is at Fairmont State University’s new main campus entrance.  This charming stone building has previously been used as apartments and storage.

It is now the home of Fairmont State University’s West Virginia Folklife Program and also serves the school as a Visitor’s Center.

By removing the third floor and gutting the second floor plan, WYK designed a two story day lit gallery space on the existing second floor.  Remedial structural repairs were needed to brace the existing roof structure once the third floor was removed.

The first floor houses offices, classrooms, and informal gathering spaces.  An elevator, replacement of 72 windows, doors, natural and specialized lighting, sprinkler system and HVAC systems have all been integrated into this structure.

By marrying the historic character of the building with upscale contemporary features and educational elements, the Folklife Center welcomes alumni, students, faculty and the general public to share many public functions.