Naval Medical Center Portsmouth

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Naval Medical Center Portsmouth
U.S. Naval Hospital, Portsmouth, VA (1827), John Haviland, architect.
Founded 1827
Country United States
Branch United States Navy
Type Hospital
Motto First and Finest[1]
Decorations Meritorious Unit Commendation[1]
Commander Rear Admiral Terry J. Moulton[2]
Deputy Commander

Captain Bradford L. Smith[3]

Portsmouth Naval Hospital
Naval Medical Center Portsmouth is located in Virginia
Naval Medical Center Portsmouth
Location On Hospital Point at Washington and Crawford Sts., Portsmouth, Virginia
Coordinates 36°50′51″N 76°18′17″W / 36.84750°N 76.30472°W / 36.84750; -76.30472Coordinates: 36°50′51″N 76°18′17″W / 36.84750°N 76.30472°W / 36.84750; -76.30472
Area 20 acres (8.1 ha)
Built 1832 (1832)
Architect Haviland, John; Wood, Don & Deming
Governing body Federal
NRHP Reference # 72001516[4]
VLR # 124-0036
Significant dates
Added to NRHP April 13, 1972
Designated VLR November 16, 1971[5]

The Naval Medical Center Portsmouth (NMCP), formerly Naval Hospital Portsmouth,[6] is a United States Navy medical center in Portsmouth, Virginia, United States. It is the oldest continuously running hospital in the Navy medical system.[7]

The historic Portsmouth Naval Hospital building was designed by noted architect John Haviland (1792–1852) and built in 1827. It is a three-story granite and Freestone building on a 12-foot (3.7 m) basement. Its form is that of a hollow square, measuring 172 feet (52 m) wide by 192 feet (59 m) deep. The front facade features a 92 feet (28 m) wide Doric order portico with 10 columns. The building's interior was reconstructed in 1907, and a shallow dome was added to the roof. Located on the property are a contributing marker erected by Haviland over the grave of Major Saunders, one time commander of Forts Nelson and Norfolk, who died March 15, 1810; and a memorial cannon commemorating Fort Nelson.[8]



  1. ^ a b "Naval Medical Center Portsmouth". Retrieved 2013-11-05. 
  2. ^ "Commanding Officer". Retrieved 2013-11-05. 
  3. ^ "Command Leadership". Retrieved 2013-11-05. 
  4. ^ "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 2010-07-09. 
  5. ^ "Virginia Landmarks Register". Virginia Department of Historic Resources. Retrieved 19 March 2013. 
  6. ^ "History Page" (PDF). Retrieved 2013-11-05. 
  7. ^ Yarsinske, Amy Waters (2007). The Elizabeth River. Charleston, SC: History Press. p. 153. ISBN 978-1-59629-207-9. 
  8. ^ Virginia Historic Landmarks Commission Staff (June 1973). "National Register of Historic Places Inventory/Nomination: Portsmouth Naval Hospital". Virginia Department of Historic Resources.  and Accompanying photo

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