Downtown Portsmouth Historic District

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Downtown Portsmouth Historic District
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First Presbyterian Church
Downtown Portsmouth Historic District is located in Virginia
Downtown Portsmouth Historic District
Location Roughly bounded by I-264, Middle St., Primrose St. and Queen St., Portsmouth, Virginia
Coordinates 36°50′09″N 76°18′19″W / 36.83583°N 76.30528°W / 36.83583; -76.30528Coordinates: 36°50′09″N 76°18′19″W / 36.83583°N 76.30528°W / 36.83583; -76.30528
Area 97 acres (39 ha)
Built 1752 (1752)
Architect Cassell, Charles; et al.
Architectural style Late Victorian, Late 19th And 20th Century Revivals
Governing body Federal
NRHP Reference # 03001485[1]
VLR # 124-5063
Significant dates
Added to NRHP January 16, 2004
Designated VLR September 11, 2002[2]

Downtown Portsmouth Historic District, also known as the High Street Corridor Historic District, is a national historic district located at Portsmouth, Virginia. It encompasses 229 contributing buildings, 1 contributing site, 4 contributing structures, and 1 contributing object in the central business district of Portsmouth. The district encompasses the original 1752 plan of the Town of Portsmouth and includes portions of expansions of the original boundaries dating to 1763 and 1909. It includes a variety of commercial, government, and institutional buildings, with most dating to the years around the turn of the 20th century. Notable buildings include the Captain Baird House, Vermillion Manor (1840), City Hall Building (1878), former United State Post Office (1907-1908), First Presbyterian Church (1877), First United Methodist Churches (1882), St. James Episcopal Church, Ebenezer Baptist Church, YMCA building, Tidewater Building, Southern Aid Building, Colony Theater, Lyric Theater, Blumberg's Department Store, Mutual Drug Company (1946), the New Kirn Building, and the Professional Building. Separately listed are the Commodore Theatre, Portsmouth Courthouse, Pythian Castle, St. Paul's Catholic Church, and Trinity Episcopal Church [3]

It was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 2004.[1]


  1. ^ a b "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 2010-07-09. 
  2. ^ "Virginia Landmarks Register". Virginia Department of Historic Resources. Retrieved 19 March 2013. 
  3. ^ Kimble A. David (June 2002). "National Register of Historic Places Inventory/Nomination: Downtown Portsmouth Historic District" (PDF). Virginia Department of Historic Resources.  and Accompanying photo and Accompanying map