These Italianate buildings were among Morgantown’s first modern apartment buildings, designed and built in 1911 by Israel Charles White. I.C. White was a member of the first class to attend West Virginia University in 1867, where he later taught as a geology professor.
He was also the first to apply the anticlinal theory to locate oil wells–contributing greatly to the commercial development of natural gas and oil extraction–and a founding member of the Geological Society of America. The money he made off of his international consulting work in the field of natural gas and oil extraction allowed I.C. White to donate his time to the state of West Virginia, working for the state without pay for 28 years as a labor of love.