This historic hotel was built in 1913 by Dr. Truman E. Gore, the brother of Governor Howard M. Gore, who served West Virginia from 1925 to 1929. The hotel demonstrates elements of neoclassical design within the Renaissance Revival style. The hotel quickly earned a reputation for elegance and it was the place to be for the leaders of the city and their guests during the boom years of the 1920s. Like many other downtown hotels, business declined in the wake of smaller hotels along the interstate. As fewer guests came to the city center, the building was converted into office space. In 1998, the structure was purchased by Steve Haning who worked to restore some of the original exterior features while modernizing the interior. The building is now home to a number of businesses and individual apartments.
Backstory and Context
“The building is a pillar for our community and is part of our rich past. Steve Haning has done great things to preserve the structure in addition to contributing to the City’s overall economic development.” - City Manager, Martin Howe1The remaining floors of the Gore Building houses several luxury apartments suitable for downtown living. Owner Steve Haning has used the Gore Building to develop downtown Clarksburg and make economic growth for the community all while preserving a important part of history.