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McLure House Hotel Hosts Open House for Locals on West Virginia Day

The McLure House Hotel will welcome the public to an open house Monday from 4-7 p.m. to celebrate West Virginia Day and to give local residents a chance to see the renovations taking place at the historic Wheeling landmark. (Photo by Eric Ayres)

WHEELING — This West Virginia Day, Monday, June 20, the McLure House Hotel is hosting an open house from 4-7 p.m., during which locals can enjoy food and drink specials at the newly re-opened McLure House Bar & Grill, as well as guided tours throughout the hotel.

In 2021, when the hotel came under new ownership by Roxby Development, the first step was to create a new canvas for the McLure House, a symbol to signify the beginning of a new chapter for the historic hotel.

This began with repainting the exterior the brightest and purest color one can use: white. And while most of the locals have undoubtedly noticed the change in the exterior, the interior also has a dazzling story to tell.

“We want to re-introduce the McLure to the community. For them to come inside and see what we’ve been working on, and more importantly, what we’re working towards,” Jeffrey Morris, president of Roxby Development, said. “I’m so incredibly proud of how far we’ve come and the people here who have made this progress possible. They absolutely deserve to be seen and appreciated by our community. Most people aren’t just going to walk into a hotel and take a look around. So, we’re extending the invitation to them: come on in, let us show you what we’ve been up to.”

Stepping through the doors of the McLure can take your breath away a little: the lobby and grand staircase have been painted, the stunning chandelier has been meticulously cleaned and gleams with new life.

This is where the tour of the McLure kicks off. After admiring the updates to the space, and the incredible artistic displays on the walls, guests will get the opportunity to check out a variety of room types: the ones which have not been fully renovated, the ones which have received the standard updates, and the one which serves as the prototype for future suites.

The McLure House Hotel is in the middle of its renaissance, and art is the driving force behind it.

The completed prototype is a premium suite, room 518, and it is the collaborative product of local artist, Bob Dombrowski, and Wheeling native (and legend) Susan Hogan.

The furniture, framed art and even the bathroom walls are hand-painted by Dombrowski; the colorful, chic and eclectic design is all Hogan.

“The immediate goal is getting all of the rooms up to par as to what a guest deserves — and expects — while staying in a hotel,” Christopher Fischer, Manager at McLure House, said. “We are also working on creating truly unique premium suites, the first of which has just been finished.

“We’re excited to be able to offer guests a variety of rooms to choose from, all of which are reasonably priced, especially since downtown Wheeling has transformed into a great place for a ‘staycation.’ Between the festivals, new restaurants and bars, shows at the Capitol and WesBanco Arena, you can really get a true downtown experience here.”

Holding the event on West Virginia Day was an intentional decision.

“The McLure has been in Wheeling since 1852 — that’s almost as long as Wheeling has been a city,” Morris said. “And much like Wheeling, we’re doing our best to live up to our potential — to evolve into a place that our community can be proud of.”

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