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The Old Dominion Boat Club Tour
April 14

At 200 Strand Street, Alexandria, VA 22314.

This event is offered in celebration of Virginia Architecture Week. For information on all our Architecture Week activities, click here.

This tour, led by Michael Winstanley, AIA, with Michael Winstanley Architects & Planners, the architects for the project, will explore the new three-story Old Dominion Boat Club (ODBC) completed in late 2017.

The ODBC has been a fixture on the Alexandria waterfront for over 135 years, beginning with their first clubhouse near the foot of Duke Street, moving to 1 King Street in 1923, and now relocating to this new clubhouse. As part of the plan to revitalize Old Town’s waterfront, the clubhouse was relocated from the foot of King Street to its new site where the former Beachcomber building stood, significant in its own right for its social contribution to the city’s waterfront.

The design of the new clubhouse is meant to reflect the significant location and past structures on the site, using nautical features such as piers and decking, materials and details a boat builder would use, and a porch reminiscent of the cantilevered porch of the Beachcomber. Based on the design of ship decks, the lower floor features large wood braces and rustic tones while the upper floor is a light filled space recalling the interior a luxury liner. The size and scale of the clubhouse were designed to fit well into the context of historic Old Town and the site plan accommodates the new boat ramp and marina, and the future waterfront promenade.

1 AIA HSW LU offered for architects. $10. Attendance is limited and advance reservations are required.