Ten Properties Added to Virginia Beach Historical Register in 2017

Friday, January 12, 2018

The Virginia Beach Historic Preservation Commission announced that 10 properties were added to the Virginia Beach Historical Register during 2017. The properties include buildings and structures from the 18th, 19th, and 20th centuries.

Buildings that were reviewed, evaluated and placed on the Register in 2017 are:

  • 216 Cavalier Drive – One of the earliest houses built in the Cavalier Shores neighborhood, this house was designed by local architect Bradford Tazewell. Tazewell referred to this design type as a "colonial beach cottage."  The two-story frame building has had relatively few modifications and is highlighted by segmental dormers and a slate roof.
  • Jefferson Manor Motel Apartments - 3300 Pacific Ave. – This property is an outstanding example of a small family owned and operated motel in Virginia Beach. The building was designed by local architect William B. Alderman for Ralph G. Bosher. Completed in 1963, the building is notable for the lattice block façade that screens the stairs and room entrances from the street, and the vertical metal balustrade at the second-story balcony. The building also features a segmental arch roof line reminiscent of waves or gull wings. As part of the roof structure, the second floor units and balconies have exposed wood plank ceilings.

Individual properties that are listed in the National Register of Historic Places may request placement on the local register. These eight properties requested and have been placed on the Virginia Beach Historical Register for 2017:

  • Adam Thoroughgood House (1719) – 1636 Parish Road
  • Cape Henry Lighthouse Second Tower (1881) – Fort Story
  • Cavalier Hotel (1927) – 4200 Atlantic Ave.
  • deWitt Cottage (1895) – 1113 Atlantic Ave.
  • Francis Land House (1805) – 3131 Virginia Beach Blvd.
  • Hermitage House (1699) – 4200 Hermitage Road
  • Seatack Like Saving Station/U.S. Coast Guard Station (1903) – 2401 Atlantic Ave.
  • Shirley Hall (1940) – 1109 S. Bay Shore Drive

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. Please call Mark Reed at 757-385-8573 for additional information.

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