The McCallister House, built in 1881, is an Italianate style home located on Putnam Avenue in Hurricane, West Virginia. The home was built by William "Bill Mac" McCallister, the first president of Putnam County bank. McCallister and his family lived in the residence until his death in 1925. Since then the house has been home to many families and businesses including, a law office and blind company, which remains there today. Renovations were made to the property in the late 1970s and again in the 2010s.
Backstory and Context
In addition to being the first president of the Putnam County Bank, McCallister also operated a farm in Culloden, and a general store located near his home on Putnam Avenue. In addition to the house and general store, the property also contained two more store buildings, a barn, and stables. McCallister was a shrewd business man and his property and home displayed the prosperity he had in his endeavors during the post-Civil War railroad boom that sparked growth throughout the town of Hurricane.
Beginning in 1925, after the death of McCallister, ownership of the home was passed through different members of the family and others in the community until it was acquired by Tom and Mary Blasingim in the late 1970s. The house not only served as a home for the Blasingims, but it also served as the residence of Mary's law office. In 1979 the Blasingims began renovating and remodeling different parts of the house, including the roof and porch. It was renovated and rejuvenated again by the current owners in the late 2010s. The McCallister house still stands as a reminder of one of the greatest businessmen to take up residence in Hurricane.
Hurricane Centennial Committee. The Centennial History of Hurricane, WV. Walsworth Press, Inc.,1988. Print.
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