Bird Haven was built in 1895 for Israel N. Johnson, who owned and operated a tailor shop at 308 Virginia St. in Charleston, WV. He also served as state ornithologist for many years, his property was well known for its bird population an he was locally known as 'The Bird Man'. The home is one of the oldest frame built houses in the area and exhibits late Victorian features such as a 3-sided front bay window and a front and back parlor area. It is a bungalow style home with painted clapboard and multiple gables.


  • A view of Bird Haven from the front.
    A view of Bird Haven from the front.

Bird Haven was the longtime home of Israel Johnson, a prominent figure in Charleston, West Virgina's history. Along with owning a local business on Virginia St. downtown, Johnson served as state ornithologist and maintained a well populated bird sanctuary on his South Hills property. It is one of many houses listed on the National Register of Historic places in the South HIlls area of Charleston that feature rural housing developments combining late Victorian styles along with bungalow cottage elements, making it a prime example of early architecture and design in this region.

Bird Haven NRHP Nomination form: http://www.wvculture.org/shpo/nr/pdf/kanawha/84000393.pdf