Eight Properties Added to the Virginia Beach Historical Register in 2016

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

The Virginia Beach Historic Preservation Commission announced that eight properties were added to the Virginia Beach Historical Register during the 2016 calendar year.  The properties include buildings and structures from the 18th, 19th and 20th centuries.

Buildings that were reviewed, evaluated and placed on the Register in 2016 are:

  • John Biddle House – 704 Kings Grant Road – The earliest section of this house dates to the third quarter of the 18th century and is highlighted by a glazed header Flemish bond brick wall in the north gable end.  Many original and early architectural elements survive in the interior and the owners are doing ongoing restoration work.
  • 304 53rd St. – This two-story beach cottage with cedar shingle siding was built circa 1937. Much of the original paneling and woodwork on the interior survives.
  • Whitehurst-Buffington House – 2441 North Landing Road – This house was built by Francis Whitehurst in 1793 and remained in the Whitehurst family until the middle of the 20th century. Original wainscot paneling is a primary feature of the ground level interior.
  • Ewell Farmhouse – 813 Simpkins Lane – This mid-19th-century saltbox farmhouse features original clapboard siding and two brick chimneys on the north end.  Many original interior elements remain to show the house's simple elegance.

Individual properties that are listed in the National Register of Historic Places but have not previously applied for placement on the Virginia Beach Historical Register may now request placement on the local register.  These four properties requested placement on the Virginia Beach Historical Register in 2016:

  • Adam Keeling House (1735) – 3157 Adam Keeling Road
  • Briarwood (1932) – 1500 Southwick Road
  • Cape Henry Lighthouse (1792) – Fort Story
  • Weblin House (early 1700s) – 5588 Moore's Pond Road

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 Planning and Community Development and the Virginia Beach Historic Preservation Commission. Call Mark Reed at 757-385-8573 for additional information.

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