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100-0004 Bank of Alexandria

Bank of Alexandria
Photo credit: Calder Loth/DHR, 2003

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VLR Listing Date 04/17/1973

NRHP Listing Date 06/04/1973

NRHP Reference Number 73002202

The largest early-19th-century bank building in the state, the Bank of Alexandria was built in 1803-07 and symbolized the importance of Alexandria as a commercial center. The bank company was established in 1792 with George Washington among its charter stockholders. After the bank failed in 1834, the building was used as a post office from 1845 to 1848, then as a hotel wing, later as a Union hospital, and finally as an apartment house. Despite changes in function, the building has survived with a surprising amount of original fabric. The exterior is embellished with fine carved stone detailing including an arched entry, window lintels, and intricate cornice. The first floor retains Adam-style window casings, doors, and mantels. The building, located in the Alexandria Historic District, was restored in the late 1970s, returning it to use as a bank with apartments occupying the cashier’s quarters on the upper floors.

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

Updated: July 21, 2022