Northern Virginia Sights

Athenaeum

  • 201 Prince St. Map It
  • Old Town

Published 01/10/2017

Fodor's 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 now houses the gallery of the Northern Virginia Fine Arts Association, which hosts free rotating art exhibitions and 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.

Sight Information

Address:

201 Prince St., Alexandria, Virginia, 22314, USA

Map It

Phone:

703-548–0035

Website: www.nvfaa.org

Sight Details:

  • Free
  • Closed Mon.–Wed.

Published 01/10/2017

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