Built in 1906, the brick-and-stone powerhouse designed for the Raleigh Coal & Coke Company is a locally important industrial landmark now being studied for eligibility on the National Register of Historic Places. Renowned for its unique architecture and association with the growth of the regional coal industry, the property remains a practical structure ideally suited as a warehouse, or historical venue. ATTRIBUTES AND HIGHLIGHTS Unique Historical Structure Brick & Stone Construction Workshop / Warehouse Proximity to I-77 and I-64 1.4 Miles From CSX Glen Morgan Depot Proximity to New River Gorge National Park & Preserve Proximity to Beckley Exhibition Coal Mine Proximity to Winterplace Ski Resort Market Area of 250,000 Residents Tourism Destination For Approximately 3 Million About Raleigh Coal & Coke Company One of the most powerful coal-mining interests in southern West Virginia in the early 1900s, the Raleigh Coal and Coke Co. pioneered the extraction of coal in the productive Beckley seam, which underlay much of the present city of Beckley. It operated six mines on the Piney Creek Branch of the Chesapeake and Ohio Railroad, the first line owned by the railroad to be built off its mainline from the New River Gorge. The competing Virginian Railroad also built a line to the town. Raleigh Coal & Coke became influential in the expansion of neighboring Beckley, the commercial center of southern West Virginia. In 1929, it donated 60 acres for the development of a country club and golf course and 300 for the development of an exclusive residential neighborhood built to accommodate industry magnates and business leaders from throughout southern West Virginia. In 1950, the company ceased operations and divested its interests, selling off lots in the community of Raleigh. Through 2020, the community declined but has recently seen increased residential interest as a site for affordable housing. Property owners in and near the powerhouse have discussed pursuing the development of a national historic district that would preserve several period buildings that remain, including several residences and company buildings. LOCATION Google Coordinates: 37.7568574295393, -81.17029136442058 Address: 1050 Burmeister Ave., Beckley, WV 25801 Elevation Range: 2,160 feet above mean sea level HISTORY The powerhouse was among the first principal buildings built by the Raleigh Coal & Coke Company at Raleigh, a company-owned community established in 1898 to house employees and their families in central Raleigh County. The company opened six mines and swiftly became one of the state's chief coal producers, marketed under the trade name Black Knight Coal. By the late 1920s, the population of Raleigh had outpaced that of Beckley, and the company had become so successful that its officers organized the Black Knight Country Club, which featured a clubhouse, tennis courts, and a golf course raised on a hill above the town. Many of its successful officials and other investors built sizeable homes around the clubhouse. Often recognized as the architect of the company's success, Colonel Ernest Chilson (1869-1931) arrived at Raleigh in 1906 and established many of its first buildings, including the powerhouse. No records have yet been found identifying the builder who might have worked with Chilson. However, Chilson was highly regarded as a student of architecture himself and designed his own formidable home, 'Casa Loma,' high on a hill overlooking Raleigh near the country club. Chilson also directed the design of the country club with architect Alex Mahood (1888-1970), designer of many landmark buildings across West Virginia. However, Chilson was likely too young to have worked on the powerhouse.
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1050 Burmeister Ave.
Año de construcción1906
1029 Washington Street East