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Construction Tour: Gables Old Town North
November 15

525 Montgomery Street, Alexandria, VA 22314.

This tour is jointly organized by Women in Architecture (WIA) and the Young Architects Forum (YAF) in conjunction with the project architect, Hord Coplan Macht.

Please join us on Thursday, November 15 for a hard hat tour of the Gables Old Town North development.

Alexandria has experienced considerable transformation over the past decade. The Old Town North neighborhood, specifically, has increased its appeal as a desirable place to live and shop. Gables Old Town North, developed by EDENS, aims to be a retail/living destination for tourists and residents alike.

Designed by Hord Copland Macht, the new six story, 232-unit apartment complex will include 50,000sf of retail space on the street level as well as green space and a public plaza. Residents are provided with views of the Potomac River from three distinct podium level courtyards and a rooftop deck. The design team worked to respect the historic skyline of the surrounding context. The architecture of Gables Old Town North honors the city’s mercantile history while meeting modern demands.

This is a hard hat tour and participants are required to wear PPE, including hard hat, safety vest, gloves, glasses, and closed-toe shoes. There will be a limited number available to those who need to borrow equipment.


Space is limited to 20 attendees, so please register quickly. $10 for AIA members and students; $15 for non-members. Participants will meet on Montgomery Street.

Learning Objectives:

Participants will analyze the project’s development regarding the entitlement and zoning process and how that shaped the project and influenced the architectural design goals.

Participants will assess how the design team and developers responded to city officials and adjacent neighbors during the design process to create a place for the community.

Participants will consider the project’s architectural design goals and examine how they have been executed during design and throughout construction; identifying aspects of the project intended to reflect the city’s historic past.

Participants will explore the construction site, examining work in progress to better understand construction methods, sequences, and materials in relationship to the construction documents.