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Alexandria, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Torpedo Factory Art Center

City of Alexandria Est. 1749

 
 
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By Devry Jones, March 30, 2018
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Inscription. Originally called the United States Naval Torpedo Station, the Torpedo Factory was built during World War I, and was specifically designed for the fabrications of dangerous naval ordnance. The building was barely completed when that war ended in November 1919, but it was ready for service when World War II began. It was during this time that Alexandria's development, and role in our national defense, expanded rapidly due to a huge increase in defense workers to the Washington region.

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 culture, and to providing an educational service to inspire the public. This commitment has positioned the City of Alexandria as one of the top art destinations in America.

The long tenure
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By Devry Jones, March 30, 2018
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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.
 
Location. 38° 48.295′ N, 77° 2.41′ W. Marker is in Alexandria, Virginia. Marker is on North Union Street south of Cameron Street, on the right when traveling south. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Alexandria VA 22314, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. 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); Living History (within shouting distance of this marker); Visiting Old Town
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(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); John Fitzgerald (about 300 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Alexandria.
 
Also see . . .  Torpedo Factory Art Center. (Submitted on April 2, 2018.)
 
Categories. Arts, Letters, MusicIndustry & CommerceWar, World IWar, World II
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on April 2, 2018. This page originally submitted on April 1, 2018, by Devry Jones of Silver Spring, Maryland. This page has been viewed 51 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on April 1, 2018, by Devry Jones of Silver Spring, Maryland. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.
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