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The High Gate Carriage House is built in 1912 by James O. Watson, the ?father of West Virginia Coal Industry?. The house is very large with a Tudor Revival style facade and interiors. During the 1900s, it once hosted U.S. President Taft?s visit to Fairmont. It also hosted a Tiffany Cup Tennis Championship and many other historic events. The Tudor Revival style mansion had half-timbering, stucco wall cladding and clay-tiled roofs which many architectural enthusiasts will find worthy to admire. The style is not very common before the First World War but the style became very popular during the early 1920s and 1930s to people in higher social classes.

The house is based on Medieval English homes which are common in the early 20th century in the United States. High Gate was renovated and restored by Friends of High Gate and there were more renovations made by Vandalia Heritage Foundation. The facilities can be available for events of limited sizes such as outdoor weddings, little community gatherings and medium-sized conferences.
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