Bruce Thompson recognized for Cavalier Hotel preservation

April 2, 2018

The Virginia Beach Historic Preservation Commission recently held its annual public input meeting in the Meyera E. Oberndorf Central Library auditorium, 4100 Virginia Beach Boulevard.


Designed to provide an update on the commission's activities and preservation concerns in the city, the meeting allowed citizens an opportunity to share their thoughts on historic preservation in Virginia Beach.


The commission also presented Bruce Thompson with its Award of Distinction for 2018 in recognition of his excellent preservation of the Cavalier Hotel. He  will provide remarks about the recently completed project.


Other featured presentations include two projects that received support from the commission's research grant program.


Edna Hendrix and Joanne Lucas will discuss their research on the development of African-American communities in Virginia Beach. Their research paper may be viewed on the commission's web page. 


Sherry DiBari will talk about Seaview Beach and Amusement Park, a segregated beach that was located on the Chesapeake Bay.


Her project included development of a website ( in addition to a research paper.


The commission will provide updates from an eventful year of activities, including the city's first residential National Register Historic District designation, continued efforts on improvements at the Cape Henry historic site and initiatives that have increased student involvement in local historic preservation.


The public will have the opportunity to provide input on the commission's current goals and priorities.  The program for this meeting, as well as a listing of the 2018 priorities and goals, are available at


The Virginia Beach Historic Preservation Commission is a City Council-appointed body that advises the City Council on historic resources in the city. 



 Bruce Thompson.


 Courtesy photo of previously held annual meeting.



Courtesy photo of the recently-restored Cavalier Hotel on Atlantic Avenue.

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