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Virginia Department of Historic Resources

131-0055 South Norfolk Historic District

South Norfolk Historic District
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For additional information, read the Nomination Form PDF

VLR Listing Date 12/08/1987

NRHP Listing Date 01/27/1989

NPS property number 88003133

South Norfolk began as a section of Berkeley, an 1880s streetcar suburb established across the Eastern Branch of the Elizabeth River from Norfolk. From the first, South Norfolk offered housing to employees at nearby rail yards and factories. By 1902 the community had a population of some 2000. By the late 1920s, most of the houses now within South Norfolk were in place. Although South Norfolk achieved second-class city status, the area was eventually incorporated into the present city of Chesapeake. The district is characterized by closely spaced free-standing houses on a grid of streets. Also included are several churches, a school, and a small business district. The houses are mostly simple builders’ versions of popular early 20th-century styles, nearly all of wood-frame construction, and nearly all with a front porch, a necessity during the area’s hot summers.


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

Updated April 4, 2018