Sunday Gazette-Mail from Charleston, West Virginia on July 18, 1976 · Page 27
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Sunday Gazette-Mail from Charleston, West Virginia · Page 27

Charleston, West Virginia
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Sunday, July 18, 1976
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12B --Julv 18, 1976 Sunday Gtaette-Mail _~_ · Ch«r!«ftn, W«st Virglnii Making History Come to Life By John G. Morgan A firm of architectural interior designers, which has spread its special skills from Ohio to Saudi Arabia, supervised selection and installation of all exhibits and furnishings in the West Virginia Science and Culture Center. Ireland Associates Inc. of Columbus, Ohio, is nearing completion of its work under a contract that will cost the state about $116,000. Norman Fagan, director of the center, said formal acceptance of all the interior designing and placement of exhibits and furnishings can be expectd in about two weeks. All of the work is subject to approval of the State Building Commission and C.E. Silling Associates, the Charleston architectural firm which planned the building. The Columbus firm did similar interior designing and planned the building for the Ohio Historical Center. In recognition of its work on the Ohio institution, the firm received an award from the American Institute of Architects. It has a current contract to build a museum of natural history for the University of Riyadh in Saudi Arabia. Byron Ireland, president of the firm, says the exhibits here compare favorably with those in Ohio. He describes a central purpose in the chronological arrangement of the West Virginia exhibits: "We are trying to expose more people to history, to make it exciting through the habitat group and audio visual methods." A HABITAT group, he explains, is a collection of related objects arranged in an appropriate setting. A prime example of this is the Victorian room in the museum. This makes (he most of several pieces of furniture and other objects that were displayed in unrelated fashion in the old museum. There are three audio visual displays in the new museum. These are on emerging statehood, early industry and flatboats. A country store display is audio only. "Gov. Moore's input was very strong on the emerging statehood display," says Ireland. "We believe this will have major educational impact" The country store exhibit, with talking mannequins, was prepared by West Virginia University's Business Heritage Society under the direction of Robert B. Connor, associate professor of marketing. G.B. McClintock Jr. of Point Pleasant prepared an exhibit on World War I and II airplanes. Dr. Glenn Massay. president of the Southern West Virginia Community College, was consulted about a proposed exhibit on early mining towns. Ireland expresses gratitude for additional advice and help from Dr. Paul H. Price, chairman of the West Virginia Antiquities Commission: Larry Woodford, assistant state geologist; Daniel Fowler, assistant state archeologist; West Virginia Univers- · ity officials and staff of. : the West Virginia Library Commission and Department of Archives and History. Because of scarcity of materials, the Columbus architect says it was extremely difficult to arrange displays on Indian artifacts and other phases of the very early history of the state. "But Morgantown (the university) helped us out on this." he adds. He endorses a proposal that the state of Virginia return a lead plate buried by a French expeditionary force at the mouth of the Kanawha River in 1749. The plate was discovered 97 years later and is now on display in the Virginia Historical Society Building at Richmond. Ireland says this would be a choice exhibit for display in the culture center as part of the early history of West Virginia. THERE ARE permanent and changing exhibits in the center. Much space re- Hotel Fire Injures 25 In Canada VANCOUVER, Canada ( A P ) - Fire broke out in a linen closet of the Sheraton Landmark Hotel Friday night and spread smoke, throughout the 42-story structure, sending 25 persons to the hospital. Five of those hospitalized were trapped in an elevator which opened its doors onto the fifth-floor blaze. Firemen rescued them after 15 minutes. Two of those hospitalized were in serious condition. Nineteen persons were released Saturday after being treated for smoke inhalation. The two-alarm fire broke out shortly after 11 p.m. Though it was confined to the fifth floor, smoke forced evacuation of virtually all occupants of the 360-room structure. Some left in blankets. They were allowed hack in their rooms at 1 a.m. Patrons of the top-level restaurant remained on the 42nd floor while firemen doused the blaze. A few managed to leave the building through fire escapes. Those who stayed were served free drinks. Police said they did not yet know the cause of the fire. The hotel said it was investigating. 'Sound of Music' Set in Ravenswood RAVENSWOOD-The Ravenswood High School Thespian Troupe will present three performances of "The Sound of Music" this week. : The shows will begin at 8 p.m. Monday, Tuesday and Thursday. Lonnie Brewster is the'director. ^ mains for adaptations and additions. Fagan has plans for special attractions ihat will stimulate interest in some exhibits. These include an idea for riverboat singing near the flatboat exhibit. After the Columbus firm was awarded a contract Jan. 29, 1973, Ireland says he read at least 20 volumes of recommended pertinent historical material before drawing up a master plan for the exhibits. The contract calls for the master plan and additional phases of design development, working drawings, construction and supervision before the Building Commission finally accepts all of Ireland's work. In addition, Ireland participated in the selection and placement of all furniture and furnishings. Some choice furniture, including the lounge for the public in the Great Hall, is custom made. The specifics of the contract call for the building commission to pay Ireland 12 per cent of the total cost of all exhibits and furnishings. The total is about $968,000, which makes the firm's share approximately $116,000. Ireland says the usual contract of this type pays about 15 per cent to the architectural interior designer. The Columbus firm was recommended for the West Virginia project by Silling Associates and the National Historical Society. River Boat Songs May Be Heard Near This Exhibit As a Special Planned Attraction at the Science and Culture Center (APWirephotol Borrow money for a new cor anywhere else and all you get is the 9% A.PR, Come to CNB Credit Center. Not only will you get the money you need at a 9% annual percentage rate, you will also get a FREE GIF, besides. Frankly, we want your loan business. 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