The Times West Virginian

December 8, 2012

‘Youthful perspective’

FSU students develop approaches to redevelop Masonic Temple

By Jessica Borders
Times West Virginian

FAIRMONT — Fairmont State University students have come up with some very unique approaches for how to redevelop the Masonic Temple building in downtown Fairmont.

The City of Fairmont’s Urban Renewal Authority and FSU are hosting a design competition focused on the historic Masonic Temple and the area surrounding it.

On Friday afternoon, nine students from a senior-level architecture class at FSU presented their ideas at the Public Safety Building in front of a panel of judges.

The architectural contest, which will award cash prizes, is being funded by a FOCUS West Virginia Brownfields grant through the Northern West Virginia Brownfields Assistance Center. The students are competing for a $1,000 first-place award, a $500 second-place award and a $250 community-choice award.

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