Colonial Place Historic District

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Colonial Place Historic District was developed during the first quarter of the 20th century and emerged as a suburban community supporting the growing downtown area of Norfolk. Originally catering to upper-class patrons from 1903 to 1911, it included approximately 19 grand, single-family dwellings that exhibited Colonial Revival and American Movement-era styles and forms. The neighborhood was landscaped with tree-lined streets, traffic circles, and an intricate system of curvilinear roads that complemented the less-than-one-acre lots. Development was slow, substantially hindered by stiff competition and a citywide building slump. Consequently, the original high-class image was abandoned, allowing it to thrive as a solidly middle-class community. Growth of the neighborhood accelerated as World War I launched a trend of housing needs nationwide. This created a second phase of development that included just over 750 buildings by 1941. As a result, Colonial Place became defined by a variety of 20th-century architectural styles and building types ranging from high-style to vernacular interpretations of the elaborate styles erected decades earlier.

Last Updated: June 2, 2023

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

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