The compact neighborhood near the Elizabeth River that includes West Freemason, Bute, Duke, Botetourt, Dunmore, and Yarmouth streets was one of the first neighborhoods outside the colonial limits of Norfolk. From the 18th century through the early 20th century, the West Freemason Street Area Historic District was the city’s most prestigious residential address and thus contains noteworthy examples of many styles popular during those 120 years. Key landmarks are the individually listed Allmand-Archer House, the Federal-period Taylor-Whittle House, the Greek Revival Kenmure and the Camp-Hubard House, and the Georgian Revival Roper House. Although the district has suffered some losses, it was spared the leveling that destroyed several downtown Norfolk neighborhoods in the 1960s. The quiet dignity of old Norfolk is still keenly felt on the tree-shaded, stone-paved western end of the West Freemason Street Area Historic District.
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
DHR has secured permanent legal protection for over 700 historic places - including 15,000 acres of battlefield lands
DHR has erected 2,532 highway markers in every county and city across Virginia
DHR has engaged over 450 students in 3 highway marker contests
DHR has stimulated more than $4.2 billion dollars in private investments related to historic tax credit incentives, revitalizing communities of all sizes throughout Virginia