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Jun 17, 2024: 169/366 King Street is (mostly) empty at 0600.

Jun 16, 2024: 168/366 Known as Holland House, this home was originally built in the 1780s and has been added on over the years. The home on Wolfe St has a huge …

Jun 15, 2024: 167/366 This little free library of art is on S Fayette near Duke St. You can take a piece of art, leave a piece of art, or both!

Jun 14, 2024: 166/366 Ford’s Landing sits at the southern edge of Old Town. This site has been a shipyard in the 1800s, a Ford factory in the early 1900s and then …

Jun 13, 2024: 165/366 107 N Fairfax is the home of Docli Gelati. Right across the street from City Hall, it’s a busy spot when the tours are in full force. Most of …

Jun 12, 2024: 164/366 Named after two prominent black educators, Lyles Crouch Traditional Academy is the only public elementary school in the historic district. …

Jun 11, 2024: 163/366 Many of the townhomes in Old Town have these vestibules. The outer doors are open on this house, but most of them look like shutters.

Jun 10, 2024: 162/366 This house on the 900 block of Prince Street reminds me of something I would see in San Francisco.

Jun 9, 2024: 161/366 Shiloh Baptist Church on Duke St was founded in 1863 and this building dedicated in 1893. It was one of 10 black churches in Alexandria after …

Jun 8, 2024: 160/366 Today is the annual Old Town Arts and Crafts fair. Dozens of artisans with all sorts of handmade items for sale. We picked up a couple coffee …

Jun 7, 2024: 159/366 I guess as long as the roots aren’t growing into the foundation, you just leave it alone…

Jun 6, 2024: 158/366 The Departmental Progressive Club sits at the corner of Gibbon and S Royal. It was created in 1927 by African American federal workers amidst …

Jun 5, 2024: 157/366 It’s not just me, right? This house is leaning? Full disclosure, there is a slight hill on this stretch so that could skew perspective. But …

Jun 4, 2024: 156/366 This house on the corner of S Fairfax and Duke was supposedly a corner store from the mid-1800s until the 1950s. It’s now a private residence …

Jun 3, 2024: 155/366 Old Town houses love their flower boxes and front benches (or sometimes a table and chairs).

Jun 2, 2024: 154/366 This house on South Pitt St has an amazing yard and looks cute from the outside. The Internet says it was built in 1920 and updated in the …

Jun 1, 2024: 153/366 The City of Alexandria wrapped some of their busses and painted two of the crosswalks outside City Hall for Pride month! Today was Pride Fest …

May 31, 2024: 152/366 Virtue Feed & Grain is a restaurant on South Union Street bordering Wales Alley and has a nice view of the Potomac. The building was a …

May 30, 2024: 151/366 I couldn’t find anything online about this gate, so I don’t know if it’s historical or not. But it is right around the corner from a church…

May 29, 2024: 150/366 Many of the homes in Old Town have tiny little alleys to access the back yard. I love the variety of doors and gates people use to “hide” …

May 28, 2024: 149/366 402 Wolfe on the left. 406 Wolfe on the right. 404 Wolfe, house not found. 😆

May 27, 2024: 148/366 This home on S Saint Asaph St is hidden behind others. They’ve been doing major work for several months. To sell or to live in? Time will …

May 26, 2024: 147/366 This house on Mt VernonAve in Del Ray has an awesome mural painted on the side.

May 25, 2024: 146/366 This ornate gate opens to the small alley between Inova Internal Medicine and Nerds To Go on S Washington St.

May 24, 2024: 145/366 Somebody has hung wire “paper airplanes” from the wires at the intersection of South Patrick St and Duke St.

May 23, 2024: 144/366 This house on South Pitt has a tiny model of itself in the front (see inset).

May 22, 2024: 143/366 This house is showing signs of age when you look closely: corners that aren’t square, sagging windows, lopsided shutters, etc.

May 21, 2024: 142/366 This photo doesn’t show well, but the brick wall along the side of this house is bulging out. If you look closely, you can also see multiple …

May 20, 2024: 141/366 The Shipbuilder statue was dedicated in 2004. It sits on the Strand between King and Prince streets. It depicts a 19th Century shipbuilder and …

May 19, 2024: 140/366 Today was the fifth Old Town Festival of Speed & Style. Dozens of great cars and free! Takes place on the blocks immediately around City …

May 18, 2024: 139/366 Certain times of the year we’re reminded that we live in the middle of a tourist spot. The tourists are usually confined to King Street and …

May 17, 2024: 138/366 This tree-lined section of Wolfe St is very picturesque. Except the house on the left clearly needs a paint job.

May 16, 2024: 137/366 This little house on South Lee St looks so lonely. Like all the other houses are avoiding it.

May 15, 2024: 136/366 This is an Osage Orange tree growing in the corner of the Lyles Crouch Elementary School playground. Even though it looks like it has fallen …

May 14, 2024: 135/366 Townhomes can get a facelift too. You’ll be happy to know they got the Tyvek in place before the rain started.

May 13, 2024: 134/366 So many great front stairs in the historical district. This is a good one even if it could use a power washing.

May 12, 2024: 133/366 Alexandria’s Washington Monument is a scale model of the actual monument just upriver. Located in the Promenade Classique sculpture garden at …

May 11, 2024: 132/366 Visited George Washington’s Distillery & Gristmill today. They’re making whisky the way they did in the 18th Century. We did a tasting of …

May 10, 2024: 131/366 The Patton-Fowle house was built in the early 1800s. It’s a private residence, but a historical landmark. It’s over 6500 square feet of fine, …

May 9, 2024: 130/366 Blue-and-pink and Pink-and-blue on South Fairfax Street.

May 8, 2024: 129/366 This little cottage on Franklin Street looks cozy. Then I realized it’s TWO cottages in one building. Super cozy.

May 7, 2024: 128/366 Not sure who they’re keeping in this dungeon, but it looks like they get cable.

May 6, 2024: 127/366 The plaque on this house on South Pitt St reads “Washington’s Tenement House. Built for investment in 1797 by George Washington. Lot purchased …

May 5, 2024: 126/366 The Majestic has been opened since 1932 and moved to this location on King Street in 1949. Art Deco design and “gourmet American comfort food” …

May 4, 2024: 125/366 This house/business on the corner of Commerce and South Payne looks like an optical illusion. But it’s built to the very edges of the property …

May 3, 2024: 124/366 The Dee Campbell Rowing Center as seen from Oronoco Bay Park. Home to Alexandria City High School Titans crew.

May 2, 2024: 123/366 The Alexandria Bier Garden, formerly called Hofbrau Haus, is right on King Street. They serve German and Austrian food and have a good …

May 1, 2024: 122/366 Our neighborhood bakery, Firehook Bakery, is amazing. In addition to this great selection of baked goods, they have a full coffee bar. And …

Apr 30, 2024: 121/366 This house on S Fairfax is called Foxhall House. The owners have an Instagram account tracking their renovations and history of this 1846 …

Apr 29, 2024: 120/366 And suddenly it’s almost 90 degrees. The wisteria’s days are numbered. This garage on Wilkes St. has an impressive display.

Apr 28, 2024: 119/366 The Parkway Classic is a 10 mile race that starts at Mt. Vernon, continues along the George Washington Parkway, and ends at Founders Park in …

Apr 27, 2024: 118/366 It seemed appropriate to post a photo of Old Town Bookstore on Prince and Royal Streets, seeing that it’s Independent Bookstore Day. This is …

Apr 26, 2024: 117/366 This stately house sits on almost half an acre at the corner of S Saint Asaph St and Wolfe St.

Apr 25, 2024: 116/366 The Linder Academy on S Washington St is a private school that states they use an “evidence based curriculum”. This elementary school opened …

Apr 24, 2024: 115/366 There are several bright pink houses in the historic district. This one is on N Saint Asaph St.

Apr 23, 2024: 114/366 Standing at Windmill Hill Park looking across to Fords Point townhomes and the Woodrow Wilson Bridge on the left.

Apr 22, 2024: 113/366 It looks like they split one home right down the middle.

Apr 21, 2024: 112/366 This dogwood tree on Wilkes has some pink blossoms and some white. The white house on the right has a plaque that reads “The Club House”. …

Apr 20, 2024: 111/366 Difficult to see through the trees, but this house on the corner of Princess and N St. Asaph was once the Alexandria City Jail. Built in 1827 …

Apr 19, 2024: 110/366 Wisteria is blooming all over the city. But the one growing here on South Royal St is pretty impressive.

Apr 18, 2024: 109/366 Didn’t go on any long walks today. So I’ll share our back fence. We had dinner on the patio and recently put up the lights and moved the sun …

Apr 17, 2024: 108/366 I can’t tell if this huge space between townhomes on S. Pitt St is one yard or two. I only see one gate.

Apr 16, 2024: 107/366 126 Prince St is the “little” blue house on Captains Row.

Apr 15, 2024: 106/366 St. Mary’s Lyceum at 313 Duke St and is part of the Catholic Church complex on neighboring streets.

Apr 14, 2024: 105/366 “On August 18, 1928, Former Alexandria police sergeant Elton B. Hummer gave his life in the line of duty. In his honor and as a gift to the …

Apr 13, 2024: 104/366 This pink house sits at the corner of S Fairfax St and Wilkes St, right at the top of the Wilkes St tunnel.

Apr 12, 2024: 103/366 Cute little front porch on this townhome on South Saint Asaph St.

Apr 11, 2024: 102/366 This townhouse at 211 Cameron St looks like there used to be a building adjacent to the east wall. But the ivy growing tells me it’s been gone …

Apr 10, 2024: 101/366 Barca is a tapas bar right on the waterfront. It’s one of our favorites of we don’t want a huge meal. Bonus: dogs are allowed because it’s all …

Apr 9, 2024: 100/366 305 Cameron St was originally Duvall’s Tavern, where Washington was celebrated after returning from the Revolutionary War. It’s now an AirBNB.

Apr 8, 2024: 99/366 Obligatory solar eclipse photo from Old Town Alexandria.

Apr 7, 2024: 98/366 The Mutual Ice House used to be one of nine ice houses in Alexandria. It became a plumbing company in the 60s then sat vacant from 1994 until …

Apr 7, 2024: 97/366 The 275th birthday celebration of Alexandria kicked off yesterday at the waterfront. Here is one of the signs in front of the torpedo factory.

Apr 5, 2024: 96/366 Hitching post in the style of a horse peeking up through the bushes on Franklin Street.

Apr 4, 2024: 95/366 Old Town Alexandria loves its flags.

Apr 3, 2024: 94/366 This home on South Lee Street was originally a church. Even though it looks small, it’s quite large because it has multiple levels in the back.

Apr 2, 2024: 93/366 The Lee Street rats. This house on the 300 block of South Lee Street regularly has little rats displayed in their basement window. They are …

Apr 1, 2024: 92/366 These two yellow, French looking townhomes on the corner of Prince and S Pitt streets are huge.

Mar 31, 2024: 91/366 This row of townhomes on N Royal St is dressed in Easter pastels.

Mar 30, 2024: 90/366 Old Town School for Dogs takes up almost half the block. Besides training, they also have a well stocked pet store and offer grooming services. …

Mar 29, 2024: 89/366 The new public art installation at the waterfront near King St. I think it will steam at some point. It’s meant to represent the asteroid that …

Mar 28, 2024: 88/366 This one, more modern townhouse in the midst of older homes.

Mar 27, 2024: 87/366 This row of townhomes is set back from the sidewalk giving them extra large front yards.

Mar 26, 2024: 86/366 Stopped in Beaufort before driving home.

Mar 25, 2024: 85/366 Spent the day in Hilton Head and Bluffton.

Mar 24, 2024: 84/366 Spent the day in Savannah GA.

Mar 23, 2024: 83/366 Drove down to South Carolina to visit family. There’s a Buc-ees in Florence, so of course we had to stop.

Mar 22, 2024: 82/366 Dinner at a Mexican food restaurant in Del Ray. Del Ray is a neighborhood of Alexandria where the town of Potomac used to be.

Mar 21, 2024: 81/366 This old tobacco warehouse at the corner of Prince St and S Union St still has ghost paint all over the side.

Mar 20, 2024: 80/366 Two V-22 Ospreys flying south while the Alexandria City Titans crew team rows north on the Potomac.

Mar 19, 2024: 79/366 The Martin V. B. Bostetter Jr. United States Courthouse is the US Bankruptcy court for the Eastern district. Named after one of the longest …

Mar 18, 2024: 78/366 I don’t know the story behind this house on Gibbon St. But it has FOUR exterior doors on the front. Was it multiple units turned into one …

Mar 17, 2024: 77/366 The Jones Point Lighthouse is a National Park. It’s one of the last riverine lighthouses in the US and the last still standing in the …

Mar 16, 2024: 76/366 Princess St between Saint Asaph and Washington is still cobblestone. The only other cobblestone street in old town is Prince St closer to the …

Mar 15, 2024: 75/366 This is a horse block. Used in days past to easily mount a horse or carriage. There are many different shapes and sizes of them still found …

Mar 14, 2024: 74/366 Which way to the waterfront? The McIlhenny Sport Center in the back, home of the Alexandria Seaport Foundation where young people can learn …

Mar 13, 2024: 73/366 South Lee St. overlooking Windmill Hill Park. These homes have a great view of the Potomac.

Mar 12, 2024: 72/366 Looking across the Wilkes Tunnel at a row of townhomes.

Mar 11, 2024: 71/366 I wonder who was kept in this dungeon…

Mar 10, 2024: 70/366 Looking down Cameron St. to Christ Church; an episcopal church that was built in 1773 and designed by Col. James Wren, son of Sir Christopher …

Mar 9, 2024: 69/366 Spotted between neighboring townhomes on Wilkes.

Mar 8, 2024: 68/366 You never know what little embellishments you might find around town. Keep your eyes peeled!

Mar 7, 2024: 67/366 Sunset over townhomes on Quay St. from Founders Park.

Mar 6, 2024: 66/366 Not everything in Old Town is old. Robinson Landing condominiums have an amazing waterfront view/location.

Mar 5, 2024: 65/366 Millstone used as part of the sidewalk at Wilkes and S Washington.

Mar 4, 2024: 64/366 Sunset over Old Town.

Mar 3, 2024: 63/366 Spring is giving it a go. Photo courtesy of the wife.

Mar 2, 2024: 62/366 Corner of South Lee St and Duke St.

Mar 1, 2024: 61/366 Sunrise over the Potomac

Feb 29, 2024: 60/366 The Presbyterian Meeting House. The original was built in 1775. Lightning struck the tower in 1835 and nearly burned the entire structure. This …

Feb 28, 2024: 59/366 I don’t know the story behind these two townhomes on South Lee St. But I like them.

Feb 27, 2024: 58/366 According to the sign above the door, this is the Honeycomb House on Wolfe St.

Feb 26, 2024: 57/366 The Tannery Yard townhomes sit where the C C Smoot and Co. Tannery used to be. Smoot owned the Tannery, a lumber yard, and was mayor of …

Feb 25, 2024: 56/366 The Friendship Fire Company was established here in 1774 and was the first volunteer fire company in Alexandria. The building is now a museum …

Feb 24, 2024: 55/366 The Vowell-Smith house is the largest house in Old Town Alexandria. And from this angle it looks reeeeal spooky.

Feb 23, 2024: 54/366 They love their arches here.

Feb 22, 2024: 53/366 I wonder if they need a parking permit for the moped?

Feb 21, 2024: 52/366 The Ramsay House is the oldest house in Alexandria. Built in 1749 by William Ramsay, a founder of Alexandria and the first mayor. It was …

Feb 20, 2024: 51/366 The wife snapped this on our evening walk with the dogs. King Street looking west from the waterfront towards the George Washington Masonic …

Feb 19, 2024: 50/366 Today is Presidents‘ Day, officially Washington’s Birthday to the federal government. It would be Washington’s 292nd birthday. It’s also the …

Feb 18, 2024: 49/366 The Old Dominion Boat Club was founded in 1880. In 1947 they started a high school rowing program at the city’s high school. It’s the second …

Feb 18, 2024: 48/366 We were supposed to get snow last night. 501 Duke St was built in 1780 and once owned by George Washington’s nephew. As you can see, it is …

Feb 16, 2024: 47/366 This downspout is marked with the TW & RC Smith foundry name and “Alexandria DC”. Alexandria was returned to Virginia in 1846, so the …

Feb 15, 2024: 46/366 The Benevolent and Protective Order of the Elks (BPOE) headquarters was built in 1910. In the 80s it was sold to developers and turned into …

Feb 14, 2024: 45/366 Little Theater of Alexandria (LTA) is the local community theater. Founded in 1934, they’ve produced almost 400 shows.

Feb 13, 2024: 44/366 The Columbia Firehouse on South Saint Asaph was home to the Columbia Steam Engine Fire Company in 1871. In 2009 it became the Columbia …

Feb 12, 2024: 43/366 We have a lot of brick sidewalks in Old Town. And most of them are NOT flat.

Feb 11, 2024: 42/366 Nothing especially historic about these homes that I’m aware of. Just a whole lotta brick and cute doors.

Feb 10, 2024: 41/366 Gadsby’s Tavern sits on the corner of Royal and Cameron streets. George Washington was a frequent visitor and the tavern has hosted other …

Feb 9, 2024: 40/366 Underneath the Woodrow Wilson bridge at Jones Point Park.

Feb 8, 2024: 39/366 There’s always a cause to fight in Old Town.

Feb 7, 2024: 38/366 Originally the Second Presbyterian Church, built in 1840, the building at 601 Prince St has also housed a civil war hospital, the Virginia Tech …

Feb 6, 2024: 37/366 King Street trolley is free and runs every fifteen minutes from the King Street metro station to City Hall near the waterfront.

Feb 5, 2024: 36/366 The rooflines of these three townhouses is interesting.

Feb 4, 2024: 35/366 The tall ship Providence is a sloop anchored in Alexandria on the Potomac between Prince and King streets. Records of the ship’s first voyages …

Feb 4, 2024: 34/366 The Basilica St. Mary’s bell tower. BSM is the oldest Roman Catholic Church in Virginia. Founded in 1795.

Feb 2, 2024: 33/366 Many of the homes in Old Town have gas lamps.

Feb 1, 2024: 32/366 Even though we’re in the middle of a historic district, it’s still just a regular neighborhood with regular shopping and grocery stores.

Jan 31, 2024: 31/366 The house on the left looks like it’s made of stone blocks. It actually has the same treatment that Mount Vernon does. They used planks of wood …

Jan 30, 2024: 30/366 Cur non? On October 12, 1824 Major General Marquis de Lafayette, soldier, statesman, citizen of France and of the United States was the guest …

Jan 29, 2024: 29/366 I didn’t get a chance to get out during daylight today. So I’ll share a photo of my library wall in my home office; recently reorganized.

Jan 28, 2024: 28/366 The Tunnel Flats. A group of one bedroom apartments right at the entrance to the Wilkes Tunnel. Not pictured here, but there’s a cute little …

Jan 27, 2024: 27/366 So many great front steps in Old Town.

Jan 26, 2024: 26/366 Engine 201 at AFD station 201 in Old Town.

Jan 25, 2024: 25/366 Foggy night and it’s creeping up through the Wilkes Street tunnel. Photo stolen from the wife.

Jan 24, 2024: 24/366 It sure is a bright yellow! But it must be historically accurate. The plaque on the front means it was granted Early Building status. Which …

Jan 23, 2024: 23/366 Our local, tiny USPS mailbox.

Jan 22, 2024: 22/366 Snow (sand) volleyball court at Windmill Hill park with townhomes on South Lee St at the top of the park.

Jan 21, 2024: 21/366 Alexandria has its own version of Painted Ladies too.

Jan 20, 2024: 20/366 A transformer blew out across the street. The fire department had to just watch the pole on fire until the electric company came to turn off …

Jan 19, 2024: 19/366 The Athenaeum was built about 1851 and originally housed the Bank of the Old Dominion. During the civil war it was a commissary for Union …

Jan 18, 2024: 18/366 One of many alleys around the city. This one connects all the way to the next block.

Jan 17, 2024: 17/366 The farther south you get from King Street, the larger the houses and/or yards.

Jan 16, 2024: 16/366 Still cold and snowy. But turning to ice now.

Jan 15, 2024: 15/366 Our first snow since living here. Turns out a layer of snow just makes the city even more charming.

Jan 14, 2024: 14/366 Morning train back to DC.

Jan 13, 2024: 13/366 Quick weekend trip to NYC with the wife to celebrate our anniversary (which was a couple months ago). Spent Saturday at Strand, Kinokuniya, …

Jan 12, 2024: 12/366 Quick weekend trip to NYC with the wife to celebrate our anniversary (which was a couple months ago). Spent Friday on the train with a 2+ hour …

Jan 11, 2024: 11/366 This house on South Pitt St. looks like somebody removed a house next door.

Jan 10, 2024: 10/366 We had some pretty bad wind and rain last night. On the walk along the waterfront tonight, we found the remains of the high water level.

Jan 9, 2024: 9/366 The original lots available in Alexandria in the late 1700s were quarter blocks. Over time those divided into smaller plots. You can find homes …

Jan 8, 2024: 8/366 This house on Duke Street looks like something off a Scooby Doo episode.

Jan 7, 2024: 7/366 The Chewish Deli is nestled in the northwest quadrant of Old Town. The founder was a hobby baker who started with restaurant partnerships and …

Jan 6, 2024: 6/366 This is a full sized door but almost half is below sidewalk level. I don’t know if it’s used or not, but I like to imagine it is and the owner …

Jan 5, 2024: 5/366 One can just make out the ghost sign on the side of this townhouse that reads “Chew Grape”. This home was once a grocery store and Grape was a …

Jan 4, 2024: 4/366 The Historic Alexandria Foundation began issuing these plaques to buildings in the historic district in 1970. To be awarded a plaque a house …

Jan 3, 2024: 3/366 Carlyle House in Old Town Alexandria

Jan 2, 2024: 2/366 Basilica of Saint Mary

Jan 1, 2024: 1/366 Cherry Blossom riverboat on the Alexandria waterfront. US Capitol and Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception visible on …

Jan 1, 2024: 2024 Project 366 I’ve been doing a “Project 365” for several years now. In 2023 I switched it up and did a “Project 52”. I ended up …