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124-5063 The Downtown Portsmouth Historic District

The Downtown Portsmouth Historic District
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For additional information, read the Nomination Form PDF

NPS property number 03001485

The Downtown Portsmouth Historic District, also known as the High Street Corridor, is comprised of 229 contributing resources and 73 non-contributing resources. The buildings primarily date to the years around the turn of the 20th century and include such architectural styles as Gothic, Greek, and Colonial Revival. Located within the district’s boundaries are churches of almost every major denomination in the city including St. Paul’s Catholic Church, St. James Episcopal Church, and Ebenezer Baptist Church. Dominating the district are two-story brick commercial buildings with a first floor, three-bay storefront consisting of two fixed glass display windows and a central, recessed entrance. The High Street corridor bloomed as a commercial district out of necessity during the post-Reconstruction era as the city’s population increased rapidly. The commercial nature of the district remains today.


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

Updated April 4, 2018