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100-0002 Old Dominion Bank Building (The Athenaeum)

Old Dominion Bank Building (The Athenaeum)
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VLR Listing Date 11/20/1979

NRHP Listing Date 11/17/1980

NRHP Reference Number 80004307

The Old Dominion Bank was incorporated in 1851 to serve various businesses connected with Alexandria’s port. The bank’s temple-form headquarters, conveniently located among the homes of the city’s leading merchants, was completed in 1852 by B. H. Jenkins, carpenter, and Emanuel Francis, bricklayer. From 1870 until 1905 it housed the Citizens National Bank. Converted to a warehouse and later a church, the building has been restored as an exhibition gallery for the Northern Virginia Fine Arts Association and renamed the Athenaeum. The compact structure is a superlative application of the Greek Revival style to a small commercial building. During a recent renovation it was discovered that the formerly smooth Doric columns were originally fluted and were thusly restored.

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VLR: Virginia Landmarks Register
NPS: National Park Service
NRHP: National Register of Historic Places
NHL: National Historic Landmark

Updated: March 6, 2021