West Freemason Street Historic District

West Freemason Street Historic District (HMNI7)

Location: Norfolk, VA 23510
Country: United States of America

N 36° 51.127', W 76° 17.542'

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In 1686 one hundred acres of land in this vicinity were granted to the Elizabeth River Parish for a glebe. It was sold by the vestry in 1734 to a merchant named Samuel Smith. This was one of the first areas of Norfolk to be developed outside the boundaries of the original fifty acres of the colonial town. Today it is the City's only neighborhood which presents a visible chronology of architectural styles over three centuries. Beginning with the Federal style illustrated by the 1791 Whittle House, the area also contains notable examples of the Greek Revival styles. West Freemason Street retains the cobblestone paving, granite curbs, cast iron fences, and brick sidewalks characteristic of early Norfolk. In 1850 the City's first gas lamps were installed along Freemason Street. Through the 19th and early 20th centuries this was one of Norfolk's finest residential neighborhoods. In 1972 the West Freemason Historic District was entered in the National Register of Historic Places.
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HM NumberHMNI7
Placed ByCity of Norfolk
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Thursday, October 2nd, 2014 at 6:46pm PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)18S E 384785 N 4079246
Decimal Degrees36.85211667, -76.29236667
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 36° 51.127', W 76° 17.542'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds36° 51' 7.62" N, 76° 17' 32.52" W
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Area Code(s)757
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 236-240 W Freemason St, Norfolk VA 23510, US
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