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Breezemont was built on a hill overlooking Charleston in 1905 by Cornelius C. Watts, who served as attorney general of West Virginia from 1881-1885 and U.S. attorney general from 1886 to 1889. According to tradition, Watts built his home to rival William A. MacCorkle’s Sunrise mansion, which was constructed the same year across the river in South Hills. Breezemont was subdivided into apartments in 1941 and stayed that way until architect Paul Marshall restored the house in 1988. He used Breezemont as a home and an office before selling it to new owners in 2000. Breezemont was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1982.

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