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Parkersburg house added to national register

PARKERSBURG -- A late 19th-century house in Parkersburg has been added to the National Register of Historic Places.

Architect H. Rus Warne designed the Monroe House. It was built in 1898 for Dr. Watson Wesley Monroe and his wife, Virginia.

Jim Miracle with the Wood County Historic Landmarks Commission says Monroe advertised himself as "the painless dentist'' for using laughing gas as an anesthetic for his patients. Monroe also was a Parkersburg City Council member who was instrumental in establishing City Park.

The house's current owners are Randy and Charlotte Modesitt.

Charlottte Modesitt tells The Parkersburg News and Sentinel that she wanted to get the house on the national register for whoever lives in it next.


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