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Walking Tour: Historic Church Architecture in Alexandria
April 28
1:00-3:00p


Led by members of the AIA Northern Virginia Historic Resources Committee, this year’s tour will focus on historic churches in Alexandria.

Many historic churches of great architectural significance remain in the designated Old and Historic District in Old Town Alexandria, Virginia. During this tour, historical and architectural information about seven of these historic churches will be presented by City of Alexandria historic preservation staff along with members of the AIA Northern Virginia Historic Resources Committee. Information on building exteriors and interiors, materials, campus grounds, relationship to the city fabric, and preservation issues and protections will be presented.

Learning Objectives:
• Explore the varied architectural styles and materials of the individual churches on the tour and understand their place in the overall historic fabric of Old Town Alexandria.
• Identify how factors such as date of original construction, historic and cultural context, religious denomination and practices, local community make-up and other similar influences shaped the design, construction, and preservation of each building.
• Analyze how use of the buildings has changed over time along with significant historical milestones that affected the life and current condition of each building.
• Understand the unique challenges of maintaining and protecting these historically significant buildings while actively using them as valuable community amenities, including issues of development pressures, preservation protections, design review, equitable access, and current ecclesiastical needs.

2 LU|HSW $10 per person. The tour is open to the public, but space is limited and pre-registration is required below.

This event is organized by the AIA Northern Virginia Historic Resources Committee and is offered in celebration of Architecture Week. For information on all our Architecture Week activities, click here.