What Norfolk looked like in the 1970s

The 1970s were a time of economic and cultural change for the city of Norfolk, Virginia. The city’s economy continued to grow, as Norfolk’s port and shipping industries remained a major source of economic activity, and new businesses and industries were established in the area. At the same time, the city’s population continued to become more diverse, as people from different backgrounds and regions moved to Norfolk in search of work and opportunity.

One of the most significant events of the 1970s in Norfolk was the establishment of the Norfolk Naval Base. In the years following World War II, the United States Navy had expanded rapidly, and the Norfolk area was seen as an ideal location for a major naval base. The base was established in the early 1970s, and it quickly became a major economic engine for the city.

In addition to its economic growth, the 1970s were also a time of cultural change in Norfolk. The city’s arts and entertainment scene continued to flourish, and many talented artists and performers called Norfolk home. The city also became more politically active, as residents became involved in a variety of social and political issues.

Here are some stunning vinage photos that will take you back to the 1970s in Norfolk, Virginia. Also check, Norfolk in the 1920s, 1930s, 1940s, 1950s, and 1960s.

#1 Ocean View Amusement Park The Rocket Roller Coaster, 1979

#10 Freemason Harbor Area looking from corner of Tazewell Street and Yarmouth Street, 1970s

#29 Freemason Street. Epworth Methodist Episcopal Church, 1970s

#32 Monticello Avenue at City Hall Avenue looking North, 1970s

#37 Brambleton Avenue widening under construction. Looking West from Boush Street and Brambleton Avenue, 1970s

#39 Church Street. First Calvary Baptist Church. Corner of Henry Street & Wide Street, 1970s

#43 Grandy House before relocating from East Gent, 1970s

#44 View looking North at Macarthur Center Site, 1970s

#45 View looking at Golden Triangle site with rendering on building superimposed on site, 1970s

#46 Aerial view looking West down City Hall Avenue, 1970s

#53 Monticello Arcade. North Entrance at City Hall Avenue, 1970s

#54 View looking West. Granby Street & Federal Building in foreground.Freemason Harbor, 1976

#59 Norfolk Waterfront looking East from future Nauticus Site, 1970s

#85 Downtown looking northwest from Berkley Bridge, 1970s

#87 Survey crews are first in a long schedule of activities for waterfront development, 1970s

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