Two Buildings Added to the Virginia Beach Historical Register

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

The Virginia Beach Historical Review Board approved applications for two buildings for the Virginia Beach Historical Register at their Nov. 20 meeting. Both properties were built in the 20th century and represent the growth of the Town of Virginia Beach before it merged with Princess Anne County to create the modern municipality. Added to the local register are 501 Virginia Beach Blvd. and 214 44th St.he Virginia Beach Historical Review Board approved applications for two buildings for the Virginia Beach Historical Register at their Nov. 20 meeting. Both properties were built in the 20th century and represent the growth of the Town of Virginia Beach before it merged with Princess Anne County to create the modern municipality. Added to the local register are 501 Virginia Beach Blvd. and 214 44th St.

The building at 501 Virginia Beach Blvd. is the first commercial building to be placed on the Virginia Beach Historical Register.  Located at the intersection with Baltic Avenue, it was constructed in the mid-twentieth century when the address was referenced as 17th Street.  This section of the town’s commercial strip provided automobile sales and service to local residents from the 1920s through the 1960s.

The building at 501 was likely constructed for the Brooks-Shorter Motor Company, which specialized in Studebaker, Packard and Mercedes-Benz.  Architecturally, the façade of the old showroom represents the Mission style with its parapets and cantilevered tile roof segments. The interior features an original copper molded ceiling. The current owner plans to retain these character-defining features during a planned renovation that will eventually house a restaurant and other businesses.

The building at 214 44th St. is one of the earliest homes built in the Cavalier Shores neighborhood.  A plat dated 1928 indicates that the house was one of fewer than a dozen homes that had been constructed just north of the Cavalier Hotel in the platted development. At that time, 44th Street was called Raleigh Drive.  The brick house retains original windows, flooring, and woodwork throughout the first and second floors.  The property also features an original brick garage, brick wall and the neighborhood’s brick alleys and sidewalks.  This beautiful property is a superb example of the Colonial Revival style and represents both the early development of Cavalier Shores and the northward expansion of the Town of Virginia Beach.

The Virginia Beach Historical Register was created in 1999 to recognize historic buildings in Virginia Beach that are important to our local heritage.  Property owners must apply for status on the register.  Information and applications are available online at www.vbgov.com/historicpreservation. The program is administered by the Virginia Beach Department of Museums and the Virginia Beach Historic Preservation Commission. Call Mark Reed at 757-385-5104 for additional information.

 

To request high-resolutions pictures, please email mediaandcommunications@vbgov.com.

 

Pictured Below: 501 Virginia Beach Blvd.

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 Pictured Below: 214 44th St.

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