Downtown Norfolk Virtual Scavenger Hunt

May 15, 2020 12:00 AM to May 31, 2020 10:00 PM
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Virtual - Downtown Norfolk

Norfolk, VA

To Celebrate National Historic Preservation Month during our time of self-isolation and social distancing, The Hampton Roads Chapter of the AIA invites you to explore the rich architectural heritage of Downtown Norfolk, VA from the comfort of your own home with our FIRST EVER Virtual Scavenger Hunt!

Redevelopment has radically changed the face of Downtown Norfolk since the 1960’s with much of the area falling to the wrecking ball.  But, within the boundaries of the Downtown Historic District and the East Freemason Historic District, there are extraordinary examples of period architecture, detailing and craftsmanship on hundreds of historic structures.

We have identified 18 unique details on 18 different buildings.  Your challenge, if you choose to accept, is to identify the architectural detail (e.g. a cartouche, gorgon, or gargoyle) and the building on which it is found (either by building name, address or descriptive location such as “the corner of Main and Granby Streets.”)  An Official Entry Form (see pdf below) has been provided for your use. 

To assist you with this challenge you may use the Virtual Scavenger Hunt Interactive Map (link below) to aid your search.  Street View settings in Google Maps or similar programs, may be beneficial as well to locate each building.

The Virtual Scavenger Hunt Glossary (see pdf below) will help you identify the type of detail.

The Scavenger Hunt will be active from May 15th until May 31st, 2020. 

If you wish to enter for fantastic prizes, submit your completed Official Entry Form in PDF format to Greg Rutledge via e-mail at: [email protected] by 5:00 PM EDT May 31, 2020.  Three Fantastic Prizes will be awarded (by random drawing) to completed entry forms submitted by May 31, 2020 5:00PM EDT.  You may enter as an individual, family, firm or team.  If entering as a family, firm or team please provide your team name and one point of contact on the entry form. 

If you have any questions or need assistance with any of the files please contact Greg Rutledge at [email protected] and Lisa Jolley at [email protected].

This event has been designed to be experienced virtually.  AIAHR is not encouraging anyone to abandon social distancing and health precautions during the pandemic by physically going downtown, but we do hope that once we can all be out and about again, you will visit downtown and experience these wonderful buildings and details in person.



Greg Rutledge / Lisa Jolley / Andy Craven / Cathy Lester