Rehabilitation of Historic Cavalier Hotel

The Cavalier Hotel, built in 1927, is a Virginia Beach icon and the last of its kind overlooking the Virginia Beach coastline.  Threatened by neglect and possible demolition, the property was put up for auction with no caveat that the new owner would preserve its historic character.  The City of Virginia Beach and the Virginia Beach Preservation Commission instituted financial incentives to encourage its restoration, and the successful bidder used these incentives as well as Historic Preservation Tax Credits to restore the hotel.
The historic main floor, which was intact but neglected, is being painstakingly refurbished from its windows to its moldings and ornamental plaster work to its paneling and terrazzo flooring. The lower floor, much of which has been closed to the public for years, will be home to a new spa, fitness center, a craft bourbon distillery, and a rejuvenated Hunt Room Grille. The indoor pool, an iconic interior space, is being completely refurbished including the restoration of the steel truss framing supporting the skylight. The guest tower, which had already undergone several remodels, was totally reimagined to provide 87 guest rooms, of which a fourth are suites with expansive ocean views. Extensive work on the building's masonry and frame will ensure it can be enjoyed for decades to come.

The development incentives required the hotel to achieve listing on the National Register of Historic places, which it has done. As an all-encompassing historic preservation endeavor, the structure is well on its way to its former elegance.