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Seaboard Center (U.S. Post Office and Federal Courts Building)
A good example of Beaux-Arts urbanism, this former federal building nestles into an obliquely angled corner site in the heart of
The construction of a new U.S. post office and courthouse in the early 1930s on the northern edge of downtown made this building redundant. With only minor alterations, it was pressed into service as Norfolk's city hall (1938–1965), and the International Style Hipage Building, immediately adjacent (1954–1955, T. David Fitz-Gibbon; 227 East Plume Street) was constructed as a stopgap municipal annex during the protracted planning process for the new Norfolk Civic Center. Subsequently, with the completion of the Civic Center in the mid-1960s, it served other purposes and then was carefully restored by OSC Associates.
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