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Many homes in the historic district have plaques like the one shown above, stating that they are on the National Register of Historic Places by the United States Department of the Interior.





This driving tour showcases mostly 1920's and 1930's architecture of Colonial Revival and Neo-Classical design found in the Country Club Hill and Oakhurst Avenue areas of Bluefield.  While the earliest architecture is found on Jefferson and Albemarle Streets in the early 20th Century style, Bluefield boasts possibly the largest concentration of Neo-Classical Colonial Revival homes in the state of West Virginia.

This brochure (see next page for how to receive one) features only a sample of the 250 listings on the National Register of Historic Places.  Many of the homes were designed by the architect Alex B. Mahood (1888-1970).  He was trained at the Ecole de Beaux Arts in Paris where he brought back the styles prevalent in Europe at the time.  To have a professional of this caliber, concentrating his talents in Bluefield and Southern West Virginia, is amazing.

Most of the residents of these grand homes were bank presidents, architects, mine operators and owners, contractors, & merchants who shaped the destiny of Bluefield.  They were connected through the West Virginia Cole Realty Corporation in the development of downtown Bluefield and helped our population grow to 19,330 in 1930, greater than its present population.  Bluefield was booming and the Norfolk & Western Railroad line was shipping out coal from the Pocahontas Coal fields, one of the richest coal deposits ever discovered.

So please slow down, and enjoy the architecture of our neighborhoods that we are proud to call home.



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