Waterside 2.0

Reviving an iconic landmark is a painstaking endeavor that must bridge people’s nostalgia for the place and their modern desires. No ideas are too flashy, no details too small to consider.

The planners of downtown Norfolk’s Waterside District stressed detail, especially windows and doors. Floor-to-ceiling windows offer ample views of the Elizabeth River. Some doors slide open accordion-style, while others roll up like garage bays.

There is a reason for these architectural touches, according to Glenn Sutch, president of Waterside District. The new take on this old property will be “a waterfront experience,” with a goal of blending the inside and outside seamlessly.

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