Discover Alexandria’s Architectural Wonder

Founded in 1749, Alexandria is an architecture lover’s dream destination with structures spanning several centuries and styles, from Georgian to Victorian to Mid-Century Modern. Stepping into Old Town, the city’s nationally designated historic district, is like visiting an outdoor architecture museum. Discover gems like Spite House, the skinniest historic house in America at just 7 feet wide, and Pope-Leighey House, located 10 miles south of Old Town and the only Frank Lloyd Wright house open to the public in the D.C. region. Wander historic streets and discover more than 200 structures built before 1820. National Historic Landmarks abound, from Gadsby’s Tavern to Christ Church. Few other communities in America boast as many examples of Georgian and Federal period architecture. Keep reading for suggestions of places to see, neighborhoods to explore and architectural details to look for.


Top 6 Must-See Sites

Due to the current COVID-19 situation, some of Alexandria’s historic sites have adjusted offerings or are temporarily closed. To learn more, click here.

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Couple on Captain's Row

Stroll a Cobblestone Street at Captain’s Row

Located at the 100 block of Prince St., this iconic street is one of two cobblestone blocks in Alexandria and was named after a successful overseas trader.

Decoding Historic Details

Touring Old Town? Look up, look closely and you’ll find hidden symbols that speak to Alexandria’s architectural history.

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Biking on Queen Street

Visit Vibrant Queen Street

Wander the 400 block of Queen Street, a beloved stretch of charming and colorful clapboard Colonial homes.

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Spite House 2

See the Skinniest Historic House in America

Head to 523 Queen St. (a private residence) to see the skinniest historic house in America—just 7 feet wide—built in 1830 to keep loiterers out of the adjacent alley.

Discover More Historic Details

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Hollin Hills House

Explore a Mid-Century Modern Enclave

Located just outside of Old Town, Hollin Hills is a modernist enclave comprised of more than 450 glass-enclosed minor masterpieces built from the late 1940s to the early 1970s by developer Robert Davenport and renowned architect Charles Goodman.

A Historic Stay

Accommodations abound in Alexandria, from boutique hotels to big name brands. For accommodations of architectural interest, check out these options:

It’s In the Details

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