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Bangel Law Building

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1878. 1948–1949, remodeling. 505 Court St.
  • Bangel Law Building (Richard Guy Wilson)
  • Bangel Law Building (Jason R. Waicunas)
  • (Photograph by Matthew Aungst)

This Second Empire building served as Portsmouth's city hall and fire department headquarters during the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. Before its conversion to an office building, large openings on the ground level contained the storage bays for fire engines. Segmental-arched windows on the upper levels identified the office portion of the building. The mansard roof with clock tower now seems fussy in comparison to the stripped classical appearance of the limestone facade.

Writing Credits

Richard Guy Wilson et al.


What's Nearby


Richard Guy Wilson et al., "Bangel Law Building", [Portsmouth, Virginia], SAH Archipedia, eds. Gabrielle Esperdy and Karen Kingsley, Charlottesville: UVaP, 2012—,

Print Source

Buildings of Virginia: Tidewater and Piedmont, Richard Guy Wilson and contributors. New York: Oxford University Press, 2002, 444-444.

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