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Norfolk in Norfolk, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Old City Hall and Courthouse, 1850

 
 
Old City Hall and Courthouse, 1850 Marker image. Click for full size.
By Sandra Hughes, August 10, 2010
1. Old City Hall and Courthouse, 1850 Marker
Inscription. When Norfolk became an independent city in 1845, space was needed to accommodate municipal functions. The Classic Revival building was begun in 1847 and completed in 1850 as Norfolk's city Hall and Courthouse. The architect was William Singleton, a Portsmouth native then practicing in St. Louis. He was assisted, particularly in the design of the dome, by Thomas Ustick Walter, a Philadelphia architect who designed the dome of the U.S. Capitol in Washington. On the steps of this building Mayor Lamb surrendered the City of Norfolk to Union General John E. Wool on May 10, 1862. City offices occupied the building until they were relocated in 1918. Court use continued until 1960. The interior of the building was then completely reconstructed as a memorial, containing a historical museum dedicated to General Douglas MacArthur (1880-1964). The General chose Norfolk as his final resting place because his mother, Mary Pinkney Hardy, was born and raised in the Berkley neighborhood of the city. General MacArthur died in April 1964.
 
Erected by City of Norfolk.
 
Location. 36° 50.847′ N, 76° 17.344′ W. Marker is in Norfolk, Virginia, in Norfolk. Marker is at the intersection of Bank Street and City Hall Ave on Bank Street.
Old City Hall and Courthouse image. Click for full size.
By Sandra Hughes, August 10, 2010
2. Old City Hall and Courthouse
Click for map. Marker is in this post office area: Norfolk VA 23510, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Town Back Creek and Stone Bridge (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); Tripoli Street (about 600 feet away); Commercial Place (about 600 feet away); Margaret Douglass (about 600 feet away); Monticello Hotel, 1898 (about 700 feet away); Main Street (approx. 0.2 miles away); Governor Tazewell (approx. 0.2 miles away); Granby Street (approx. 0.2 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Norfolk.
 
Categories. MilitaryNotable Buildings
 
Old City Hall and Courthouse, 1850 Marker image. Click for full size.
By Sandra Hughes, August 10, 2010
3. Old City Hall and Courthouse, 1850 Marker
Douglas MacArthur image. Click for full size.
By Sandra Hughes, August 10, 2010
4. Douglas MacArthur
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Sandra Hughes of Killen, Usa. This page has been viewed 560 times since then and 2 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on , by Sandra Hughes of Killen, Usa. • Kevin W. was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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