Historical District in Alexandria, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
Torpedo Factory Art Center
City of Alexandria Est. 1749
During the 1960s, the Torpedo Factory served as a storage facility for the National Archives and it was here that the documents from the famous Nuremburg Trials, which prosecuted major economic, military and political leaders of Nazi Germany after the war, were kept.
The Torpedo Factory Art Center, founded in 1974, was the result of the "sweat equity" of local residents who largely converted the vacant and deteriorated building into art studios with their own hands. It stands as one of the nation's earliest examples of the adaptive reuse of a historic building. The Torpedo Factory showcases the community's dedication to investing in arts and
The long tenure of what began as a three-year experiment also illustrates that the individuals who conceived this artist "village," and the organization that was created to operate it, had a workable concept. This major cultural attraction, created form a surplus government building, has long been an anchor for the lower King Street area. It continues to serve as an invaluable arts education resource and contributes to the image of the City of Alexandria as a sophisticated community with vibrant cultural options.
Erected by City of Alexandria.
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Arts, Letters, Music • Industry & Commerce • War, World I • War, World II. In addition, it is included in the Virginia, The City of Alexandria series list.
Location. 38° 48.295′ N, 77° 2.41′ W. Marker is in the Historical District in Alexandria, Virginia. Marker is on North Union Street south of Cameron Street, on the right when traveling south. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 105 North Union Street, Alexandria VA 22314, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within Torpedo Factory Art Center / United States Naval Torpedo Station (Building Two) (here, next to this marker); The Civil War Comes to Alexandria (within shouting distance of this marker); Alexandria (within shouting distance of this marker); Plundered! (within shouting distance of this marker); Living History (within shouting distance of this marker); Visiting Old Town (within shouting distance of this marker); Alexandria Archaeology Museum (within shouting distance of this marker); War of 1812 (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Historical District.
Also see . . . Torpedo Factory Art Center. (Submitted on April 2, 2018.)
Credits. This page was last revised on April 17, 2020. It was originally submitted on April 1, 2018, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia. This page has been viewed 129 times since then and 22 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on April 1, 2018, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.