Hampton Virginia New Deal Projects - Photo #38 - Hampton City Hall

Hampton, Virginia, City Hall, construction partially financed by the US Public Works Administration (PWA), 1939 (cornerstone says 1938). PWA grant was $24,545.00, total cost was $77,193.00; it's not clear where the rest of the financing came from. There is a new City Hall in Hampton now; this building has been converted to the Kingway Apartments. Photos taken June 6, 2017.

“The former City Hall (VDHR #114-5142) located at 40 Kings Way is the only Art Deco building in the district. It was designed by the firm of Williams, Coile and Pipino of Newport News Virginia and constructed in 1938. The building is concrete with brick cladding and has a 1962 rear brick addition. It has a flat roof with a parapet. The entrance projects on the right side with fluted pilasters topped with limestone reliefs. The entrance features a monumental stair, double door entry topped by an original transom and a decorative relief separating it from a second story glass block window.”[3,p.5]

“Muirhead Contracting Company of Richmond, Virginia was the contractor tasked with the construction of the building. The building is designed in the Art Deco style with a prominent projecting entrance situated near the south end of the main building. The building has a general rectangular footprint oriented north-south. It is constructed of concrete with brick veneer laid in common bond and limestone details. The flat roof is concealed by a parapet with concrete coping. The building is two stories resting on an elevated basement. An addition was made to the building in 1962, designed by Forrest Coile Associates of Newport News and constructed by W. M. Jordan, contractor of Newport News. In 2006, an elevator tower was added to the building and it was converted into apartments.”[3,p.6]

  1. Public Works Administration Dockets 1934-1939 p.120 (top line, docket number W1074).
  2. Hampton City Hall, National Register of Historic Places, OMB No. 1024-0016, 25 June 2007.
  3. Hampton Downtown Historical District, National Register of Historic Places Registration Form, November 1, 2010. This document includes a 5-page history of Hampton going back to 1607, but studiously avoids any mention of the New Deal.
Photos by George and Connie Gilmer, taken May-August 2017.