The West Virginian Hotel is the tallest building south of West Virginia's capital city of Charleston. Alexander B. Mahood designed the twelve-story West Virginian Hotel with then popular design of a Renaissance Revival style skyscraper. The hotel was completed in 1923 and cost over one million dollars. Meant to represent the wealth of West Virginia's southern coalfields, the hotel became a fixture of Southern West Virginia society for the next 54 years. In 1977, the West Virginian Hotel closed and was renovated into apartments for elderly individuals on a fixed income.