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The Athenaeum

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1851–1852, B. H. Jenkins, carpenter, E. Francis, bricklayer. 201 Prince St. Open to the public
  • (Richard Guy Wilson)
  • (Photograph by Matthew Aungst)
  • (Richard L. Longstreth)

The Athenaeum is a stout, Doric-porticoed structure described in 1851 in the Alexandria Gazette as “of the Grecian order of architecture, plain in its exterior and of ample accommodations for the business of the bank.” Following its life as a bank, the building served as a warehouse and a church. It became an arts center in 1925 and was named the Athenaeum in 1964. The Northern Virginia Fine Arts Association now owns it. Nothing of the original interior decoration remains.

Writing Credits

Richard Guy Wilson et al.


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Richard Guy Wilson et al., "The Athenaeum", [Alexandria, Virginia], SAH Archipedia, eds. Gabrielle Esperdy and Karen Kingsley, Charlottesville: UVaP, 2012—,

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