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124-0026 Crawford House Hotel *Delisted

Crawford House Hotel
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For additional information, read the Nomination Form PDF

VLR Listing Date 05/05/1970

The Crawford House Hotel was erected in 1835 and was named in honor of William Crawford, the founder of Portsmouth. The four-and-a-half-story brick building was not only Portsmouth’s first
hotel, but for a time was its tallest building as well. The impressive establishment quickly gained a reputation for being “the most fashionable place in Portsmouth” and it entertained four presidents in the mid-19th century.  The Crawford House was a rare surviving example of early urban hotels, successors to the country inns and taverns.  A victim of urban renewal, the building was torn down in July of 1970, two months after its listing in the Virginia Landmarks Register.

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

Updated: February 11, 2021