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Property Name Norfolk Auto Row Historic District
Reference Number 14000529
State Virginia
County Norfolk
Town Norfolk
Street Address Roughly bounded by East 14th Street, Monticello Avenue, West Brambleton Avenue, Boush Street, and Granby Street
Multiple Property Submission Name N/A
Status Listed 8/25/2014
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The Norfolk Auto Row Historic District is locally significant under Criterion A in the area of Transportation for its very strong link to Norfolk's automobile industry, including the sale and service of automobiles, the production of repair parts, and the location of the district office of the Texaco oil company. It is also locally significant under Criterion A in the area of Communication as the home to the leading local newspaper headquarters and the location of a major local television and radio company housed in its purpose-built 1950s headquarters. The district is eligible under Criterion A in the area of Performing Arts as home to the most important, and still extant, entertainment venue in the city for sixty years. Criterion A in the area of Commerce is also justified given the nearly century-long period of sustained retail and commercial development in the area. Finally, the district is locally significant under Criterion C in the area of Architecture as a good example of a largely intact early-to-mid-twentieth century commercial district with notable examples of several important twentieth century architectural styles. The district retains a high level of historic integrity with a good balance of contributing resources and historic street patterns from its period of significance, which runs from the earliest building construction date of 1907 to a 1966 purpose-built, still-operating automotive service shop which has strong architectural integrity and is indicative of the history and business role of this district in Norfolk. Criterion Consideration G does not apply as the vast majority of the contributing resources are greater than 50 years old.

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