Seaboard Coastline Building

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Seaboard Coastline Building
Seaboard Air Line Building.jpg
Seaboard Coastline Building is located in Virginia
Seaboard Coastline Building
Location 1 High St., Portsmouth, Virginia
Coordinates 36°50′5″N 76°17′49″W / 36.83472°N 76.29694°W / 36.83472; -76.29694Coordinates: 36°50′5″N 76°17′49″W / 36.83472°N 76.29694°W / 36.83472; -76.29694
Area 0.8 acres (0.32 ha)
Built 1894 (1894)-1895, 1914
Built by Seaboard Air Line Railway
Governing body Private
NRHP Reference # 85003129[1]
VLR # 124-0053
Significant dates
Added to NRHP October 10, 1985
Designated VLR August 13, 1985[2]

Seaboard Coastline Building, also known as Old City Hall, is a historic train station located at Portsmouth, Virginia. The original section was built in 1894-1895 by the Seaboard Air Line Railroad. It is a five-story brick and concrete structure, with the top two floors added in 1914. The front facade features a distinctive half-round or semicylindrical profile intended to recall the imagery of the streamlined locomotives of the late-19th century. The building served as the northern terminus and office headquarters of the Seaboard Air Line until 1958, then used as the municipal building until 1980.[3]

It was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1985.[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. ^ Douglas J. Harnsberger (July 1985). "National Register of Historic Places Inventory/Nomination: Seaboard Coastline Building". Virginia Department of Historic Resources.  and Accompanying photo