The Circle (Portsmouth, Virginia)

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The Circle
The Circle (Portsmouth, Virginia) is located in Virginia
The Circle (Portsmouth, Virginia)
Location 3010 High St., Portsmouth, Virginia
Coordinates 36°50′12″N 76°20′19″W / 36.83667°N 76.33861°W / 36.83667; -76.33861Coordinates: 36°50′12″N 76°20′19″W / 36.83667°N 76.33861°W / 36.83667; -76.33861
Area 1 acre (0.40 ha)
Built 1947 (1947)
Built by Culpepper, R.A. and Son
Architect Morgan, Dorothy P.
Architectural style Moderne
Governing body Private
NRHP Reference # 06000120[1]
VLR # 124-5089
Significant dates
Added to NRHP March 8, 2006
Designated VLR December 7, 2005[2]

The Circle was a historic restaurant building located at Portsmouth, Virginia. It was built in 1947, and was a one-story, Moderne style building. It was a stuccoed concrete block structure with a prominent half-circle building mass marking the façade. The half-circle was surmounted by a neon-lit sign with the restaurant’s name. The bar had a mural attributed to Al Hirschfeld of mid-20th century celebrities. The Circle was an original curb-service restaurant, which later served as a dine-in restaurant.[3] The building was demolished on August 19, 2013.[4]

It was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 2006.[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 (August 2005). "National Register of Historic Places Inventory/Nomination: The Circle". Virginia Department of Historic Resources.  and Accompanying four photos
  4. ^ "Photos | Portsmouth's Circle Restaurant torn down," By Brian Clark, The Virginian-Pilot, August 20, 2013

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