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121-0080 Newport News Public Library

Newport News Public Library
Photo credit: Greg Grunow, 2004

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VLR Listing Date 06/01/2005

NRHP Listing Date 08/17/2005

NRHP Reference Number 05000894

Located on the corner of an intersection in the old downtown, the Newport News Public Library was the first building constructed for use as a public library in Newport News. Built in 1929, and opened at the start of the Great Depression, the library was designed by noted Virginia architect Charles M. Robinson. The exterior of the building is red brick laid in Flemish bond and trimmed in white-painted wood. Rectangular and in the form of a modified crucifix, the building has a symmetrical fa├žade, dormers, cupola, portico, cornices, broken pediments, and symmetrically placed chimneys, which are all hallmarks of its mix of Georgian Revival and Colonial Revival styles. It retains good historic integrity and still serves its original use, although it is now called the West Avenue Library. Among the first public establishments in the city to be integrated, the Newport News Public Library is also significant for its association with the civil rights movement in Newport News.

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

Updated: January 19, 2023