April 12, 2021

Jefferson Manor Motel Apartments at the Oceanfront Declared a Virginia Landmark by the Virginia Board of Historic Resources

The Jefferson Manor Motel Apartments, located at 3300 Pacific Ave. in Virginia Beach, is now listed in the Virginia Landmarks Register by the Virginia Board of Historic Resources. Jefferson Manor was listed under the Virginia Beach Oceanfront Resort Motels and Hotels (1955-1970) Multiple Property Documentation Form (MPD), which also was approved by the Board of Historic Resources. The Virginia Department of Historic Resources will forward the nomination to the National Park Service for listing in the National Register of Historic Places.

Jefferson Manor Motel Apartments was completed in 1963 as a 10-unit motel with kitchenettes to serve the resort tourism industry. It was designed by local architect William Burton Alderman, who also designed other motels at the Oceanfront, including the Blue Marlin and the Cutty Sark (originally the Crest Kitchenette). Jefferson Manor was built by local real estate entrepreneur Ralph G. "Pete" Bosher. Bosher's daughter, Kitty, who worked in the hotel as a teenager when it opened, is the current owner.

"The two-story Jefferson Manor is an excellent example of the mid-century, Modernist style, family operated resort motels that proliferated in Virginia Beach between 1955 and 1970," said Mark Reed, Historic Preservation Planner. "It retains considerable historic integrity in materials and craftmanship, including the screening pierced block façade, aluminum balcony balusters and rails, barrel roof and much of the original interior building fabric."

The MPD for oceanfront resort motels and hotels establishes a statement of significance and a historic context for this specific property type. Approval of the MPD will streamline the National Register of Historic Places nomination process for eligible properties that meet the criteria outlined in the MPD. As part of this project, 20 properties fitting this property type were surveyed to state standards. Fourteen of them were determined to be potentially eligible for listing.

The Jefferson Manor nomination and the MPD were sponsored by the Virginia Beach Historic Preservation Commission and City of Virginia Beach and were researched and prepared by Debra McClane, Architectural Historian, and Kristin Kirchen of Iron Dog Preservation. The nomination and MPD documents are available at www.vbgov.com/historicpreservation under the National Register of Historic Places tab. For more information contact Mark Reed at 757-385-8573 or mreed@vbgov.com.

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