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Entler gets new windowsills

November 14, 1997

Entler gets new windowsills

By CLYDE FORD

Staff Writer, Charles Town

SHEPHERDSTOWN, W.Va. - Looking into the past sometimes means changing the windowsills.

At the 1786 Entler Hotel on the corner of German and Princess streets in Shepherdstown, volunteers have installed new sills on the 52 windows.

The materials for the $7,000 project were paid for by a combination of local donations to the Historic Shepherdstown Commission and a West Virginia Division of Culture and History grant.

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"We want to see these buildings preserved," said Jim Wilson, architectural coordinator with the State Historic Preservation Office of the West Virginia Division of Culture and History.

Cindy Cook, building administrator of the Entler Hotel, said the windowsill replacement and other work on the windows was important to help prevent more water leaking in through the old sills and damaging the walls.

"We were having a lot of window rot," said James Holland, president of the Historic Shepherdstown Commission.

The Historic Shepherdstown Commission in October celebrated the 25th anniversary of saving the Entler Hotel from the wrecking ball, Holland said.

There had been plans to demolish the building and turn the lot into a parking lot, but a local group stepped in and convinced the state that the building was worth saving.

Now the restored Entler Hotel houses a Shepherdstown museum, low-rent offices for local nonprofit organizations, and community rooms for a variety of activities including public meetings and art shows, Holland said.

About 4,000 people have used the hotel's facilities in the past 14 months and another 4,000 visited the museum, he said.

The Historic Shepherdstown Commission has raised $60,000 of the $75,000 needed to do work on the interior, Holland said.

Lynn Blackwell, deputy director of the West Virginia Division of Culture and History, said the Entler Hotel grant was one of 14 provided this year by the agency.

The West Virginia Division of Culture and History received 39 grant applications totaling $433,000 this year. The state legislature had provided $100,000 so the division could only pick 14 applications, she said.

The agency has provided $99,598 throughout the state for preservation, she said.

The Entler Hotel work was the only project awarded a grant in the Eastern Panhandle by the West Virginia Division of Culture and History.

State and Shepherdstown officials marked the occasion Thursday with a $3,565 check presentation and reception.

Wilson said preserving buildings throughout West Virginia is important.

"It's necessary to preserve the heritage of the state. West Virginia has an extraordinary diverse and rich heritage. Heritage tourism is big. History attracts tourists," Wilson said.

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