Roof installed on Point Park gazebo

PARKERSBURG – After several months of delay, the gazebo at Point Park has a roof.

Parkersburg city engineer Justin Smith said the dome was installed Wednesday, but more work remains to be done on the structure.

The four columns, each more than 110 years old, were installed in late May, but supply and timing issues delayed further work on the structure until this week.

“We are about 80-90 percent done,” he said. “What we would like to do in the near future is to put in some landscaping around it and some benches.”

Smith said crews also will install a vaulted ceiling and some recessed lighting, as well as finishing painting on the gazebo. A final easy-to-clean coating will also be painted on to the pillars and dome.

The dome itself is a heavy duty polymer and weighs about 850 pounds, Smith said. The columns and most of the work on the structure were donated by the Astorg Family, he said.

“We do have some more work to do,” Smith said. “I imagine by next spring it will be seeing a lot of use.”

The four columns are some of the last pieces of the former Chancellor Hotel, which was built in 1901 by W.N. Chancellor, who was mayor of Parkersburg in the late 1800s and also built the Blennerhassett Hotel. The Chancellor Hotel stood at the corner of Seventh and Market streets and was torn down in 1975. Each column weighs about 1,200 pounds.