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Morgantown church holds ‘castle’ open house

Dominion Post photo by Tyson Murray Restoration is nearly finished inside The Castle at Calvary Chapel, on Tyrone Road.
Dominion Post photo by Tyson Murray
Restoration is nearly finished inside The Castle at Calvary Chapel, on Tyrone Road.

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. — The former Good Counsel Friary and current home of Calvary Chapel Morgantown, on Tyrone Road, has been one of the Morgantown area’s most unique and identifiable landmarks since master stonemason Thoney Pietro built the structures in 1933 for the modern equivalent of $3.6 million.

Calvary Chapel Pastor Shawn Frasher said curiosity is a common reaction to seeing the property’s centerpiece stone castle for the first time. Because of this, and because of the property’s spiritual heritage in the area, the church has invited the community to an open house from 2-4 p.m. Saturday, March 28.

With a laundry list of restorations complete on the 23-room castle structure, Frasher said the church wanted to give the community an opportunity to get a look at the building before it becomes the church’s parsonage and his family moves in…

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