The mission of the Julia-Ann Square Historical Community Association, Inc. is:
- To promote a rich knowledge of the Julia-Ann Square history.
- To inform, identify, and preserve the quality of the homes in the district.
- To promote education of the historical district in the state, local community, and local schools.
- To implement a comprehensive Master Plan to restore the district.
- To seek grants that assist in preserving historically and architecturally the sites of Julia-Ann Square.
- To pay tribute to the many influential and famous people who made Julia-Ann Square their home and helped shape West Virginia history.
The Julia-Ann Square Master Plan
In 2002, Julia-Ann Square Historical Community Association was presented with a long range Master Plan Study to restore the historical district. There are several phases in the Master Plan which includes period lighting, gateway arches to the district entrances, replacement of sidewalks and curbs, period style benches, new signage, landscaping improvements, traffic, parking and overhead utilities.
Phase One of the master plan is now complete. Planning for the installation of period lighting began in 2004 and the project was completed in 2006 with fundraising from the Association as well as a contribution from a LEDA grant. The City of Parkersburg, Wood County Commissioners, and the project revenues of the district provided additional funding. The Julia-Ann Community proudly displays period lighting throughout the district. Banners were added to the light poles in 2007.
Phase Two of the master plan included the installation of four Gateway Arches at the entrances of district, which was completed in 2008. Park benches were also placed throughout the district that year. Funding for this phase was provided by grants awarded from the Oakland Foundation, McDonough Foundation, City of Parkersburg, Wood County Commission, LEDA grant and project funds from the Julia-Ann Square Historical Community Association.
Julia-Ann Square Community Association is now planning for the next phase of the master plan to replace deteriorated sidewalks and curbs throughout the district. The district association was awarded $15,000.00 in grants from Community Participation Grant and Wood County Commission. The district has allocated an additional $15,000.00 in matching funds to start the project. The present goal is to raise additional funds through grants and district projects to complete the sidewalk project in 2011.
We extend an open invitation to visit our historic district and enjoy the rich heritage it has to offer.
If you would like to make a donation to assist the historic district’s future projects, please contact us or you may donate directly online: