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THIS DAY IN VIRGINIA HISTORY

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August 01, 1918

Hilton Village, East from C and F, August 1, 1918, Virginiana Photograph Collection, Newport News Public Library System, Computer file: 1999,  Library of Virginia, Richmond, Virginia.

A Photograph Was Taken of the Construction of Hilton Village

Hilton Village, located off the James River on 200 acres of land three miles north of Newport News, marked the beginning of the United States government's effort to address wartime housing shortages with the creation of planned communities or housing projects. Construction on Hilton Village began in April 1918 and was intended to provide homes for 500 skilled shipyard workers and their families. Landscape architect Henry Vincent Hubbard (1875–1947) of Harvard University and architect Francis V. Joannes (1876–1952) modeled Hilton Village's homes on the English cottage style. The neighborhood was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1969.