Atlantic Permanent Building — d’Art Center

Building Documentation & Scanning
Building Documentation and Scanning
Disaster Preparedness for Historic Resources
Flood Retrofit Negotiation & Design
Floodplain Requirement Exemption Request Preparation
Historic Building Renovation
Historic Research
Historic Tax Credit Consulting
Local Design Review Consulting
Preservation Planning
Resilience Planning

Atlantic Permanent Building — d'Art Center


Norfolk, VA


Work Program Architects

Virginia Department of Historic Resources

National Park Service

Project Goals

The Atlantic Permanent, one of the few International Style buildings in Norfolk, was constructed in 1954.

The building lay vacant for many years until 2012 when a developer initiated a full renovation project and contacted CPG to serve as tax credit consultants to save the historic resource.

Project Design

CPG provided technical expertise to achieve approval of appropriate retrofits.

The retrofits were designed to minimize flood damage while also protecting significant historic features from alteration.

Challenges & Accomplishments

Situated in a high risk flood zone, the proposed change of use and level of renovation required triggered full compliance with state and federal flood regulations.

The Atlantic Permanent now houses a popular art space and rental-residential housing on the upper floor. This project’s success led to a Norfolk Preservation Collective’s Award of Excellence in 2023.