Alexandria, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
The Patton-Fowle House
711 Prince Street
The Patton-Fowle House - attributed by some to renowned early American architect Charles Bulfinch of Boston - is one of America's finest examples of Federal high-style architecture. Sharing many of the same features as the historic Octagon House, Tudor Place and Decatur House in Washington, D.C, this important landmark is protected by preservation easements in favor of both the Commonwealth of Virginia and the Historic Alexandria Foundation.
Construction of this home began in 1806 by James Patton and was completed in 1815 by wealthy shipping merchant and banker, William Fowle of Boston. The home remained in the Fowle family from 1811 until 1969 - five generations spanning 158 years. Mr. Fowle owned an Alexandria shipping company, was the President of the Bank of the Old Dominion, and was the founder of the Alexandria Lyceum. A portrait by John Singleton Copley of Mr. Fowle's grandfather hangs in the Corcoran Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Architecture • Arts, Letters, Music • Settlements & Settlers. A significant historical year for this entry is 1806.
Location. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 711 Prince Street, Alexandria VA 22314, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Swann-Daingerfield House (within shouting distance of this marker); The Lyceum (within shouting distance of this marker); The Methodist Episcopal Congregation of Alexandria (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Bayne-Fowle House (about 300 feet away); Dr. Bernard Stier, O.D. (1930-2005) (about 400 feet away); The Alexandria Lyceum (about 400 feet away); The Alexandria Furniture District (about 400 feet away); Christ Church (about 400 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Alexandria.
More about this marker. The marker notes that the building is a private residence.
Credits. This page was last revised on December 8, 2020. It was originally submitted on June 7, 2019, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia. This page has been viewed 226 times since then and 38 times this year. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on June 7, 2019, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia.