Alexandria was named one of the South’s Prettiest Cities by Southern Living and its historic neighborhood Old Town has helped the city to gain this title due to the many architectural gems located in the neighborhood. The neighborhood of Old Town features many architectural design styles from Federal to Victorian to Frank Lloyd Wright’s Mid-Century Design.
Here are six (6) architectural design styles in Old Town which will leave you in awe:
- Captain’s Row – Named after Captain John Harper, this area is located at the 100 block of Prince Street. It is Alexandria’s most picturesque cobblestone block with Federal Style row houses which feature colorful doors and flickering gas lamps with brick lined sidewalks.
- Spite House – This is Alexandria’s most iconic and skinniest home. It is a private residence located at 523 Queen Street and it earned its name in 1830 when John Hollenbury built it to keep horse drawn wagons and loiterers out of his alley.
- Queen Street – Located a short distance of Spite House, the 400 block of Queen Street features Colonial homes with an exterior of charming clapboard. These homes have endured the test of time to become a part of Alexandria history.
- Frank Lloyd Wright’s Pope-Leighey House – Built by Loren Pope in 1940 and located 10 miles south of Old Town this house is a part of Wright Usonian series which was intended for the middle class. The mid-century home features a modern kitchen to complex window silhouettes which yield many shapes of sunlight.
- Alexandria’s Painted Ladies – Located on the 500 Block of S Fairfax Street these Victorian-esque houses bring a west coast flare to the city of Alexandria. These famed painted ladies’ range from tangerine to turquoise with steep gables and ornate accents adorning the windows.
- Carlyle House – A famous Alexandria attraction and venue, Carlyle House was built between 1751 and 1753 by John Carlyle for his new wife Sarah Fairfax of Belvoir. The Georgian style building features a sandstone facade with bright color and bold patterns in the rooms.