Three Properties Added to the Virginia Beach Historical Register

Friday, October 02, 2020

​The Virginia Beach Historic Preservation Commission recently added three properties to the Virginia Beach Historical Register:  the Winston Cottage at 205 23rd Street, the Musick Mansion at 209 59th Street and Church Point Manor located at 4001 Church Point Road. Two of the properties are located in the Beach district near the oceanfront and the third property is located in the Bayside district. 

The Winston Cottage is a traditional beach cottage built in 1926 by Henry and Agnes Winston.  Historically, it was used by the Winston's as a single-family home with an upstairs apartment. Additional bedrooms were added to the house in the 1940s. Agnes Winston lived in the cottage into the 1990s. The building has been adaptably reused as a restaurant (Tautogs).

The Musick Mansion is a Colonial Revival style home built in the mid-1930s with a dune top view of the Atlantic Ocean.  The builder is unknown, but the Musick family lived there from the 1940s to the 1960s. It has cedar shake siding and interior pine paneling. The entrance foyer features a curved staircase with original balustrade. Its grand front portico with open second story and Chippendale railing is a visually distinguishing feature.

Church Point Manor was built circa 1860 by G.G. Garrison. The property eventually became part of the adjacent Bayville farm. It is a vernacular Victorian farmhouse constructed of brick with Italianate detailing. A large, but visually separate, addition was added in the 1990s and the house was converted into a bed and breakfast operation.  Guests included President Barack Obama and Ambassador Caroline Kennedy. It is currently a private residence.

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 their building to be considered for listing. Listing is honorary and does not provide any protections or restrictions. There are currently 78 historic properties listed in 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. For additional information, contact Mark Reed at (757) 385-8573.

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Church Point Manor, a circa 1860 Victorian farmhouse with Italianate detailing, is now listed in the Virginia Beach Historical Register.

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