POINT PLEASANT — The Main Street Point Pleasant organization is pursuing a $20,000 West Virginia Community Participation Grant for Point Pleasant’s Kisar House.
Charles Humphreys of Main Street Point Pleasant said if the grant is funded he hopes to use that money as a match for an even larger grant for around $300,000 which will help pay for windows in the historic home (exactly 39 windows), as well a new heating and cooling system, a new front balcony facing the Ohio River and other period refurbishments to bring the home back to its original glory.
The home was built in the late 1890s for A. F. Kisar, a jeweler and in 1962 Wayne and Margaret Kincaid purchased the place. What followed was several years of extensive repairs and remodeling before the Kincaids could move in and make it their home.
The home, which was open for free tours before its former owner, the late Margaret Kincaid, passed away in 2004, has been under reconstruction in the hopes of it once again opening to the public as a tourist attraction for the City of Point Pleasant. The City of Point Pleasant now owns the home after the Hartley family purchased it and donated it to the city. Main Street Point Pleasant has undertaken the renovations of the home.
Unofficially known as “the big house” by some, it has seven bedrooms on the second floor, two bedrooms on the third, a wine cellar in the basement as well as unique fireplaces and mantles (no two of which are alike) in practically every room. Ornate tile line the walls as does intricate woodwork. There’s also a life-sized wooden griffin at the foot of the stairs keeping watch over the house as the years pass.