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Historic Houses of Charleston


Top-O-Rock

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This distinctive house on Porter Road in Kanawha City was designed by the architect Henry Elden and constructed in 1968. It was designed to accommodate Elden’s studio on the first floor with living space above. The home won numerous awards and was featured in magazine articles and a television show. Elden, who designed more than 800 buildings throughout West Virginia during his long career, died in 2009. Top-O-Rock was sold in 2011. The house sat empty, and vandals did extensive damage to the home in 2014. Efforts to save the property failed, and Top-O-Rock was demolished in September 2015.


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