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114-5186 Old Wythe Historic District

Old Wythe Historic District
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For additional information, read the Nomination Form PDF

VLR Listing Date 09/18/2008

NRHP Listing Date 10/31/2012

NPS property number 12000905

Hampton’s Old Wythe Historic District arose as a suburb along the waterfront of Hampton Roads in an area that had seen the oyster and crab industry flourish before the development of Newport News. After the opening of the C & O Railway and Newport News Dry Dock and Shipping Company, real estate development became a “higher use” for the waterfront land and subdivisions were platted. By the turn of the century, streetcar service was introduced along Electric Avenue (today’s Victoria Boulevard) and Chesapeake Avenue, linking Newport News with Old Point Comfort’s resorts and military facilities in Hampton. Old Wythe subdivisions offered suburban alternatives to the bustle and relative expense of living in Newport News. The district is typical of late 19th- and early 20th-century streetcar neighborhoods, as exemplified in its popular residential architectural styles and grid-pattern of streets.


Abbreviations:
VLR: Virginia Landmarks Register
NPS: National Park Service
NRHP: National Register of Historic Places
NHL: National Historic Landmark

Updated April 4, 2018