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122-5817 Virginia National Bank Headquarters Historic District

Virginia National Bank Headquarters Historic District
Photo credit: Marcus Pollard, 2015

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For additional information, read the Nomination Form PDF

VLR Listing Date 06/16/2016

NRHP Listing Date 08/15/2016

NRHP Reference Number 16000535

Centered on a 308-foot-tall, 24-story skyscraper, Norfolk’s Virginia National Bank Headquarters Historic District is an outstanding example of mid-20th-century Modern skyscraper design that embodies the era’s construction methods in southeast Virginia. Erected between 1965 and 1967, it arose under the direction of its designers, Skidmore, Owings & Merrill (SOM), among the most nationally important American architectural firms at the time, and with support from the prominent Norfolk firm Williams, Tazewell & Associates. Exhibiting the latest design features and elements of its day, the bank headquarters marked the arrival of Virginia National Bank as a major financial force in the commonwealth and the mid-Atlantic region. The construction of the building, accompanying plaza, and parking deck, all located on more than four acres, led the transformation and revitalization of Norfolk’s downtown and elevated the city’s importance in the mid-Atlantic region.

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

Updated: August 18, 2021