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Virginia Department of Historic Resources

124-0037 Cradock Historic District

Cradock Historic District
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For additional information, read the Nomination Form PDF

VLR Listing Date 05/21/1974

NRHP Listing Date 06/20/1974

NPS property number 74002240

Cradock was laid out in 1918 as a model community to accommodate the influx of workers to the Norfolk Naval Shipyard during World War I. It was sponsored by the U. S. Housing Corporation with architectural design by George B. Post and Sons of New York. Its name honored for British rear admiral Sir Christopher Cradock, whose fleet was sunk by the Germans in 1914. The layout followed the form of an anchor, the focal point being Afton Park, the town square, which is highlighted with a bandstand. Some 759 single family dwellings were built in cottage-like styles, varied in shape to prevent monotony. Schools, recreational land, churches, and commercial areas were provided. Cradock remains largely a working class neighborhood; a strong community pride has preserved its identity for more than seventy-five years.


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

Updated April 4, 2018