Commonwealth Architects

Fort Norfolk Magazine Conceptual Rehabilitation Plan

Norfolk, VA
Services: Historic Tax CreditsHistoric Preservation

The Fort Norfolk Magazine, constructed in 1856 and listed on the National Register of Historic Places and Virginia Landmarks Register, served as an ordnance building, which housed weapons and related military supplies. Currently used as a storage facility, the Norfolk Historical Society wishes to convert the Magazine into an exhibit space displaying artifacts, while providing an area for lectures and community events. Commonwealth Architects made a series of recommendations including, removing the entire floor due to asbestos; installing all new utility services; stabilizing the carriage shed, an attached structure that will also serve as the building’s primary entrance; and removing paint where such coatings are detrimental to the longevity of the material underneath.

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