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122-5087 Park Place Historic District

Park Place Historic District
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For additional information, read the Nomination Form PDF

VLR Listing Date 12/07/2005

NRHP Listing Date 02/10/2006

NPS property number 06000029

Located north of Norfolk’s city center, the 347-acre Park Place Historic District comprise four major residential developments dating to the late 19th century: Kensington, Park Place, Old Dominion Place, and Virginia Place. There is also a low-scale industrial section within the district that arose in conjunction with the extension of a rail spur to the Lambert’s Point docks in 1884 by Norfolk & Southern railroad. The success of Norfolk’s first planned suburban development, Ghent, led to the sale in 1890 of numerous small farmsteads surrounding the downtown area including the land for Park Place. That original purchase was followed by additional land acquisitions and developments in the area in 1896, 1898, and 1902. The extension of a streetcar line in 1898 and the creation of Lafayette Park, Norfolk’s first park, further enhanced Park Place’s attraction and convenience for families to settle there. With easy access to downtown and proximity to industry along the railroad line, the district thrived from 1910 to 1920; thereafter, homes and buildings continued to be added and improved into the 1950s. At the time of listing in the registers, there were 1,532 contributing historic resources within the district; collectively they encapsulate the development of Norfolk from 1884 to 1955.


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

Updated December 5, 2018