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Olde Towne in Portsmouth, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
 

The 1846 Courthouse

Path of History

 

— Portsmouth, VA —

 
The 1846 Courthouse Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bernard Fisher, September 1, 2014
1. The 1846 Courthouse Marker
Inscription.  The 1846 Courthouse building at the corner of Court & High Street in Olde Towne Portsmouth was designed in the classic Greek Revival style by architect, William R. Singleton and built by Willoughby G. Butler. It housed the Norfolk County Court until the Court’s relocation to Chesapeake in 1963. In 1970, the Courthouse was registered as a historic landmark and placed on the Virginia and National Registry of Historic Places.

A grand opening on July 4, 1984, heralded its new use as the Community Arts Center and Children's Museum of Virginia. John Paul Hanbury of Portsmouth was the architect for renovation of the building.

Today, it serves as a museum which offers arts programs, workshops and rotating visual arts and humanities exhibits.

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(left) To the left of the 1846 Courthouse is the Norfolk County Clerk's Office. To the rear is the 1912 Municipal Building.
(right)The original 1846 Courthouse
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Notable Buildings.
 
Location. 36° 50.144′ N, 76° 18.064′ 
Court Street image. Click for full size.
By Bernard Fisher, September 1, 2014
2. Court Street
W. Marker is in Olde Towne in Portsmouth, Virginia. Marker is on Court Street north of High Street, on the right when traveling south. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Portsmouth VA 23704, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Confederate Monument (a few steps from this marker); Norfolk County Court House (within shouting distance of this marker); Towne Square (within shouting distance of this marker); The Commodore Theatre (within shouting distance of this marker); Court Street Baptist Church (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Trinity Church (about 400 feet away); Monumental Methodist Church (about 400 feet away); Portsmouth Public Library (about 600 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Olde Towne.
 
Norfolk County Courthouse image. Click for full size.
By Bernard Fisher, September 1, 2014
3. Norfolk County Courthouse
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on April 17, 2020. It was originally submitted on September 2, 2014, by Bernard Fisher of Richmond, Virginia. This page has been viewed 431 times since then and 9 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on September 2, 2014, by Bernard Fisher of Richmond, Virginia.
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