Norfolk, Va. – Today, the Department of Historic Resources announced that NewsChannel 3’s studios are now an historic site!
The Auto Row Historic District, which in addition to structures associated with the sales and service of automobiles, includes buildings affiliated with Norfolk’s major newspaper, television, and radio enterprises, as well as a district office of the Texaco oil company, and today’s Harrison Opera House (formerly the Centre Theater), constructed in 1944 as an Army and Navy USO theater.
These buildings have maintained much of their original character and the earliest one dating to 1907.
This area offers a good example in Norfolk of an early-to-mid 20th century commercial district. It also includes notable examples of several important 20th century architectural styles including Moderne, Stripped Classical, International, and Art Deco, as well as eclectic versions of purpose-built Commercial-style buildings.