WEIRTON - The Weirton Area Museum and Cultural Center officially unveiled its new look Wednesday, celebrating the completion of its recent facade project.
The museum hosted a ribbon cutting Wednesday, where it welcomed local government officials, members of the Weirton business community and other guests to see the completed facade.
Museum President Dennis Jones explained the work, which includes a BASF Senergy insulation system, was performed by Unique Walls and Ceilings, located in Wellsburg.
RIBBON CUT — Representatives of the Weirton Area Museum and Cultural Center were joined by Weirton government officials, members of the business community and representatives of the Charles M. and Thelma M. Pugliese Foundation Wednesday to officially unveil the museum’s new facade. -- Craig Howell
MUSEUM THEN — The Weirton Area Museum and Cultural Center as it appeared shortly after it was purchased by the museum’s board in 2011. -- Contributed
MUSEUM NOW — The Weirton Area Museum and Cultural Center as it appears today following a facade renovation project. -- Craig Howell
"We've gotten a lot of compliments on it," Jones said. "It really makes a difference downtown."
The museum moved into the location at 3149 Main St. in 2011.
The project was paid for with a $13,700 grant from the Charles M. and Thelma M. Pugliese Charitable Foundation.
Foundation trustees William McElwain, Thomas Timmons and H. Lee Kinney were among those on hand Wednesday for the unveiling.
In 2012, the Pugliese Foundation surpassed the $5 million mark in grant funding provided for projects since 1999. The foundation supports schools, communities and non-profit programs within a 30-mile radius of Steubenville.
The Weirton museum also recently received a $25,000 grant from the J.C. Williams Charitable Trust, which will go toward a planned elevator project to provide improved access to the building's second floor.
The museum plans for additional exhibits and a possible children's area to be included on the second floor in the future.
(Howell can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org, and followed via Twitter @CHowellWDT)