Among the few remaining structures along the once thriving 23rd Street “warehouse row ”in the city of Newport News, 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 to 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-roofed 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.
Many properties listed in the registers are private dwellings and are not open to the public, however many are visible from the public right-of-way. Please be respectful of owner privacy.
VLR: Virginia Landmarks Register
NPS: National Park Service
NRHP: National Register of Historic Places
NHL: National Historic Landmark