Pollack said a grant from NASA's West Virginia Space Grant Consortium would assist the foundation in conducting solar astronomy and in observing and monitoring near-Earth objects like passing asteroids and comets.
* The Ananias Pitsenbarger Farm near Franklin, Pendleton County.
Settled in 1799 by a German American family, the farm includes 23 log-and-frame structures hand-built from local materials. Until the last of the family members died in the 1970s, horses powered all machinery used on the farm, according to current owner Jeff Munn.
Munn said he would like to restore the buildings, most of which have not been maintained for more than 40 years, and use the farm to promote heritage tourism, including living history exhibits and a bed and breakfast inn showcasing 19th century farm life.
* The Abruzzino Mansion in Shinnston, Harrison County.
Built in 1921 for Frank Abruzzino, an Italian immigrant who initially worked in the mines and went on to operate a bakery and start a soft drink bottling company, the mansion is perched on a hilltop overlooking Shinnston.
A new owner converted the building into apartments during the 1960s, but maintained much of the mansion's historic layout and many of its unique features. The mansion's current owners, who live in the state of Washington, had begun restoring the structure when a fire broke out, damaging one wing and a portion of the roof.
"It's still very restorable," said PAWV field representative Lynn Stasick. With PAWV's assistance, the mansion's owners have received estimates for roof repairs, and have had power restored to control interior humidity and prevent mold growth.
"The owners intend to donate the mansion for use as an educational property," Stasick said.
* "Westly," a Sears kit home adjacent to the Greenbrier County Courthouse in downtown Lewisburg.
Built in 1924 by a Lewisburg man who assembled its 10,000 labeled and pre-cut components, the mail-order home has been vacant for several years, and has begun to deteriorate following decades of use as a WVU Extension Service office. The Lewisburg Historic Landmarks Commission and Lewisburg Preservation Alliance want to restore the site to showcase the significance of such kit homes, and find a buyer to preserve and reuse the building.
To be nominated to PAWV's Endangered Properties List, buildings must be listed, or eligible for listing, on the National Register of Historic Places, and have a preservation emergency and local support for a reuse project.
Among buildings once on the Endangered Properties List now being successfully reused are Charleston's Quarrier Diner; the former Clendenin Middle School building, now Riverview at Clendenin, a residential complex for seniors; and the old Greenbrier County Library in Lewisburg, now the library for New River Community and Technical College.
For information on PAWV and its Endangered Properties List, go to http://www.pawv.org.
Reach Rick Steelhammer at rsteelham...@wvgazette.com or 304-348-5169.