Office of the Vice President for Administration and Finance

Purinton House

Purinton House Collage1

Purinton House was built in 1905 as the on-campus residence of the WVU president, and it served this purpose until 1967 when it was converted to office space. This Neo-classical structure is executed in limestone, a departure from the dominant red-brick construction of most downtown buildings. The style, designed by Pennsylvania architect J. Charles Fulton, is reminiscent of the educational tradition of old Virginia, with which WVU educators in the early 20th century identified. In 1911, President William Howard Taft delivered a speech from the front porch of the home.