Hotel Warwick

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Designed by Norfolk architect J. Kevan Peebles, and conspicuously situated in downtown Newport News across the square from the Victory Arch overlooking Hampton Roads, the Hotel Warwick was the first skyscraper, the first tower hotel, and first fireproof hotel in the city. The hotel is the city’s principal example of the eclectic commercial style of the 1920s and 1930s, combining features of the Art Deco and Tudor Revival styles. It was erected by the Old Dominion Land Co. in 1928 as an expansion of an earlier hotel of the same name, destroyed by fire in 1963. During World War II, the Hotel Warwick was used to quarter military personnel assigned to work at the nearby shipyards, especially the Newport News Shipbuilding and Drydock Co. A striking feature of the lobby is an entrance doorway surmounted by a crenelated partition of dark-stained oak. The Hotel Warwick was renovated in 1995 for low-income housing, and the rehabilitated building contributes to the Newport News Downtown Historic District.

Last Updated: June 9, 2024

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

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