Editor's Note: This is the 277th in a series of articles recalling vanished Huntington scenes.
HUNTINGTON — Founded in 1916, Charles H. Hagan & Co. was engaged in the residential, commercial and industrial roofing, plumbing, heating and air conditioning business for 85 years.
The company's founder, Charles H. Hagan Sr. (1891-1959), was born in Huntington and served in World War I. Before he started his own business, he worked with his father, Joe Hagan, who opened a sheet metal shop shortly after rail tycoon Collis P. Huntington founded the city in 1871.
For decades, the Hagan Co. was located in a building it built at 301 4th Ave. in 1922. Later, the company added 3,000 square feet of shop space to the building. In 1958 it rebuilt the building's front section, inside and out, turning it into a modern office suite. Ultimately, the company had 15,000 square feet of space under roof, with a parking lot along 3rd Street.
Charles Hagan's sons and his brother, William, were associated with the business.
The Hagan Co. was equipped to handle anything from a small home repair to a large industrial project. Over the years, it installed plumbing and heating systems at St. Mary's Hospital, the C&O Hospital, Marshall College's Morrow Library and Laidley and Hodges Halls, as well as schools in Ceredo-Kenova, Barboursville, Milton and Logan.
In the late 1980s, the company moved to 431 Rear 6th Ave. According to records in the West Virginia Secretary of State's office, it went out of business in 2001.
In the 1990s, the former Hagan Co. building at 301 4th Ave. was home to A&A Transmission Service. In December 2017, the building was vacant when it was the scene of a massive fire that left it a burnt-out ruin.