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The Ricketts House – In the early 1920s, developer John G. Ricketts commissioned Huntington architect Levi J. Dean (the father of Keith Dean) to design a house that would serve as the centerpiece of the new residential neighborhood he was promoting. The house was built in 1924 at a cost of $125,000. Located on the south side of Washington Boulevard at its intersection with Wiltshire Boulevard, the house was a long, low design with a distinctive shingled roof rolled around eaves and curved over dormers to imitate a thatched roof. At 16,000 square feet, the house is massive in size, a fact not obvious when viewed from the street. John Ricketts, owner lived in the house until 1929. He sold the house to Sam Biggs in 1929 due to financial problems created by the depression. Sam Biggs owned and lived in the house until 1946. He sold the house to Dr. Francis Scott in 1947. The Scott family included local Dr. Tom Scott and they lived in the house until 1954. Dr. Richard Stevens and wife Dr. Sarah Stevens bought the house in 1954. The house was placed on the National Register of Historic Places after application of the West Virginia Historical Society in 1994. The present owners are Darrel and Melissa Darby. They have renovated the site and house, which was in great need of repair due to lack of maintenance. Thanks to James Casto and E. Keith Dean for the information.

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We have a treasure trove of old negatives and photos at The Herald-Dispatch. Some of the images, we know. Others, we have no idea.

We are scanning the negatives and photos and running some of the photos in the newspaper.

These were from a box of 4x5 negatives. "June 1955" is the only information on the box.

Browse through the gallery. If you can add caption information to any of the photos (or correct a caption we already have), e-mail online editor Andrea Copley-Smith at acopley@herald-dispatch.com or call 304-526-2764. Be sure to include the title of the gallery, details of the photo, your name and phone number.