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Athenaeum Review

One of the most noteworthy structures in Alexandria, this striking Greek Revival edifice at the corner of Prince and Lee streets stands out from its many redbrick Federal neighbors. Built in 1852 as a bank (Robert E. Lee had an account here) and later used as a Union commissary headquarters, then as a talcum powder factory for the Stabler-Leadbeater Apothecary, the Athenaeum houses the gallery of the Northern Virginia Fine Arts Association, which hosts free receptions throughout the year. This block of Prince Street between Fairfax and Lee streets is known as Gentry Row, after the 18th- and 19th-century inhabitants of its imposing three-story houses.

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  • Address: 201 Prince St., Old Town, Alexandria, VA 22314 | Map It
  • Phone: 703/548–0035
  • Cost: Free
  • Hours: Thurs., Fri., Sun. noon–4, Sat. 1–4
  • Website:
  • Metro King St.
  • Location: Alexandria
Updated: 06-05-2013

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