These three tall houses, located behind a high brick wall on the edge of the Norfolk Naval Shipyard, were erected between 1837 and 1842 to serve as residences of the shipyard’s commanding officers. Many of the details of Quarters A, B, and C, mostly in a Greek Revival idiom, follow designs illustrated in the architectural pattern books of Asher Benjamin. The three houses survived the 1861 burning of the shipyard by evacuating Union forces early in the Civil War, and a burning the next year by departing Confederates. Well maintained, Quarters A, B, and C still house the shipyard’s ranking officers, with Quarters A, the largest of the three, traditionally serving as the Norfolk Naval Shipyard commandant’s house. The installation continues as the U. S. Navy’s principal east coast shipyard.
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VLR: Virginia Landmarks Register
NPS: National Park Service
NRHP: National Register of Historic Places
NHL: National Historic Landmark