The Virginia Beach Oceanfront Resort Motels and Hotels Multiple Property Document (MPD) facilitates the nomination of individual motels and hotels constructed in the city between 1955 and 1970. This MPD illustrates a significant period in the development of the city’s beach frontage that spans the period between the early family cottages and luxury hotel accommodations constructed in the 1880s and the early twentieth century, and the emergence of national chain hotels that entered the market in 1970. In the mid-1950s, new motels in the resort area began to reflect national hospitality industry trends that acknowledged their guests’ shift away from formal, domestic settings to a more informal, private setting.
Many properties listed in the registers are private dwellings and are not open to the public, however many are visible from the public right-of-way. Please be respectful of owner privacy.
VLR: Virginia Landmarks Register
NPS: National Park Service
NRHP: National Register of Historic Places
NHL: National Historic Landmark