VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (WAVY) — The Cavalier Hotel in Virginia Beach now has a historic roadside marker in conjunction with its 92nd birthday.
This is something the developers and people in the historic commission have worked very hard to get over last couple of years. This new marker is the icing on the cake.
The men we spoke with say this sets the stage for future generations and preserves so much history that may have otherwise been lost.
“The marker puts it in writing what has been accomplished here,” said Mac Rawls, a Virginia Beach historian.
92 years ago, the Cavalier opened with the promise of a rich luxurious getaway, full of wealthy people and an abundance of happiness.
Nearly 100 years later and after millions of dollars spent to restore it, it is being honored as a historic landmark.
“He has spent over $80 million on this project, just for the restoration alone, so what we have today is truly a historical icon,” Rawls said.
Rawls said this puts the hotel on a state and national level, something developer Bruce Thompson says will carry on.
“The hotel will be here for another hundred years and it establishes history, and now allows itself to create its own history for the future,” said Thompson.
The marker sits right out front of the hotel right on Atlantic Avenue for every resident and visitor to see as they go by.
Rawls and Thompson say this will only add to the attention the city and region have gained in this process.
“This places the hotel amongst several other national institutions around the country which also include the White House and the Washington Monument,” Thompson said.
There are still things on the horizon.
“When we move forward though we are finishing the entire Cavalier resort, which will be a $350 million towards new roadways, new properties like you see across the street, and it will be a total resort that will rival the places like the Greenbrier and the Homestead,” Thompson said.
The historic hotel joins a group of about 2,500 sites, individuals, buildings and events in Virginia that have garnered the historic marker. It reopened to the public in March 2018 after four years’ worth of work.
The historic hotel was recently awarded the marker by the Virginia Department of Historic Resources.
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