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134-5453 Cavalier Shores Historic District

Cavalier Shores Historic District
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For additional information, read the Nomination Form PDF

VLR Listing Date 12/13/2018

The Cavalier Shores Historic District is an excellent example of coastal suburban development in the first half of the twentieth century that reflects characteristic nationally popular architectural styles as applied to Tidewater Virginia. The district also is a locally unique example of development sponsored by the adjacent Cavalier Hotel (NRHP 2014). While the direct association to the Cavalier Hotel is less recognized now following multiple changes in ownership of the resort, the district does retain its character-defining brick promenade and gate leading to the hotel grounds. The district also retains a dense building stock of homes dating to the first half of the twentieth century that convey the early popularity and subsequent growth of the neighborhood. These dwellings, and the district overall, retain a high degree of historical integrity and historic character. In general, they retain original form, materials, ornamentation, and other architectural details and convey the development and evolution of Cavalier Shores from 1927 through the present-day. Of additional merit is the retention of numerous rear garages and guesthouses, a common feature of early coastal suburban development. The district also conveys the strong sense of beautification and landscaping that has been an integral aspect of the neighborhood’s character since 1927. Finally, the district remains as an increasingly rare collection of early-twentieth century architecture in Virginia Beach, as increasing property values in coastal areas continue to threaten redevelopment in these areas. As such, the Cavalier Shores Historic District is locally significant under Criterion A in the area of Community Planning & Development, and under Criterion C in the areas of Landscape Architecture and Architecture with a period of significance of 1927- 1968. The period of significance begins in 1927, the date of the original plat and ends in 1968, at the fifty-year requirement for resources to be considered historic as of the time of this nomination.


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

Updated January 11, 2019