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Newport News

Newport News is named for Christopher Newport’s “good news” by Jamestown colonists who left to return to England aboard a ship of Captain Christopher Newport and who then turned back to Jamestown after encountering a fleet of supply ships, or from the English word “news” meaning “new town” or from “New Port Newce” named for Sir William Newce and who received a land grant in the area.


Surrounding County Courthouses: 

N – James City County and York County

E – York County and Hampton 

S – Portsmouth and Susffolk

W – Isle of Wight County and Surry County


Warwick County Seat

Denbigh               1896 – 1958

Newport News     1958  merged

Independent City                                    State map highlighting Newport News

Created:  1896


Courthouse – Newport News


Location:  2500 Washington Avenue / 25th Street

Built:  1986 – 1988

Style:  Modern

Architect:  Sasaki Associates, Inc. of Boston, Massechusetts

Contractor:  Kjellstrom & Lee, Inc. of Norfolk


Description:  The building faces southwest and is a three story red colored brick and concrete structure. The building is rectangular with the southwest front is recessed on the first story and with brick faced pillars and a central entrance. The second and third stories have vertical; windows trimmed with concrete. Along the sides, the windows are in groups of three windows. The roof line is flat. The building houses the General District Court and the Circuit Court. 


Old Courthouse – Newport News


Location:  2501 Huntington Avenue / 25th Street

Built:  1950 – 1951

Style:  Modern

Architect:  Forrest W Colle of Williams, Coile and Blanchard

Contractor:  Virginia Engineering Company


Description:  The building faces northeast and is a four story buff colored brick and concrete structure. The windows are in horizontal groups. Above the northeast entrance is a high narrow vertical windows section extending up to the fourth story.  The roof line is flat. The building houses the Juvenile and Domestic Relations Court and was formerly the courthouse.


Old Warwick County Courthouse – Denbigh 


Location:  14421 Old Courthouse Way / Court House Drive

Built:  1884 – 1885

Style:  Italianate

Architect:  George Moser

Contractor:  Unknown


Description:  The building faces northeast and is a two story red colored brick and wood structure. The rectangular building is located on landscaped grounds. There is a shallow metal covered hipped roof with three shallow cross gables. On the roof is a square wooden bell cupola that rises above the central projecting bay. 


Note:  The previous courthouse was built in 1810 was a one story “T” shaped structure.



Courthouse – Newport News





Photos taken 2013