Crawford House Hotel

The Crawford House Hotel was erected in 1835 and was named in honor of William Crawford, the founder of the city of Portsmouth. The four-and-a-half-story brick building was not only […]


Portsmouth’s Abigarlos is a rare rural residence in the city, a survivor from the early 19th century that stands on a remnant of its original farm acreage. Constructed around 1812, […]

Portsmouth Community Library

The Portsmouth Community Library was built in 1945 to serve Portsmouth’s African American citizens, who then comprised about half of the city’s population. While the city founded its library system […]

Monumental Methodist Church

Monumental Methodist Church, home of the oldest continuously meeting Methodist congregation in the South, is situated at the corner of Dinwiddie and Queen Streets in the Old Towne Portsmouth Historic […]

St. Paul’s Catholic Church

St. Paul’s Catholic Church embodies the Gothic Revival movement in its remarkable architectural design. Construction began in 1898 and continued for seven years as specialists in each building trade constructed […]

Shea Terrace Elementary School

Shea Terrace Elementary School was constructed in 1925 during a burst of school construction throughout the state. The city of Portsmouth’s population greatly increased during World War I with an […]

Downtown Portsmouth Historic District

The Downtown Portsmouth Historic District, also known as the High Street Corridor, is comprised of buildings primarily dating to the years around the turn of the 20th century, and include […]

The Circle

Built as a curb-service restaurant in 1947 in Portsmouth and later expanded, The Circle features a circle-shaped front façade with a neon sign on its roof. Designed in the Moderne […]