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121-0076 Walker-Wilkins-Bloxom Warehouse Historic District

Walker-Wilkins-Bloxom Warehouse Historic District
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VLR Listing Date 06/18/2020

NRHP Listing Date 08/13/2020

NRHP Reference Number SG100005443

Among the few remaining structures along Newport News’ once thriving 23rd Street “warehouse row,” the Walker-Wilkins-Bloxom Warehouse Historic District consists of three Industrial Commercial-style buildings. All three served for the storage and distribution of goods into and out of the region from a once-prosperous downtown commercial center. Home to several locally prominent wholesale produce companies including H. B. Walker & Sons, Wilkins Provisions & Company, and the Bloxom Bros & Company, the three warehouses stood historically adjacent the tracks and spurs of the Chesapeake & Ohio Railway on the edge of downtown. During Urban Renewal activities of the 1960s, the city destroyed most of its once numerous Industrial Commercial warehouses including along 23rd Street. As a result, Walker-Wilkins-Bloxom Warehouse Historic District preserves the character-defining features of the city’s once prevalent Industrial Commercial warehouses in its large, two- to three-story masonry rectangular, flat-roof buildings. With few windows and minimal exterior brickwork ornament, the buildings are utilitarian in form, and their interiors feature cork-lined walls, a freezer door, loading doors, a conveyor belt, and freight elevators that convey their historic uses and functions.


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

Updated August 14, 2020