Our Next Conference:
Lyceum | Alexandria, Virginia | NEW DATES: June 2-3, 2020
The Alexandria Lyceum was built in 1839 and has been listed on the National Register of Historic Places since May 27, 1969. This historic site has served as a Civil War hospital ward, a private residence, the Chamber of Commerce, and the Nation’s first Bicentennial Visitor’s Center. Today, it serves as Alexandria's official history museum.
In addition to our seminars on traditional building materials and methods, we will host a behind-the-scenes architectural tour of George Washington's Mount Vernon.
Seminars will include:
- Global Perspectives/Local Practices: Sustainability and Historic Preservation
- Masonry Cleaning Methods at the US Capitol
- Presented by Mary Oehrlein, Architect of the Capitol
- The Restoration of Stone Tracery for Stained Glass Windows - Ancient Craftsmanship/Modern Technology
- Traditional and Transparent: The Stabilization of Menokin House
- Using the Historic Practice of Practical Geometry Today
- Terra Cotta Tile: Color Selection and Matching
- The Influence of Palladio on Mid-Atlantic Domestic Architecture
- Private Evening Tour of George Washington’s Mount Vernon
- Sketching Alexandria
- Architectural Highlights of Historic Downtown Alexandria
Places to Stay
There are many hotel options in the Old Town Alexandria area. Room night costs vary, so contact the hotel directly.
Hotel Indigo Old Town Alexandria
220 South Union Street
Hyatt Centric Old Town Alexandria
1625 King Street
Hilton Alexandria Old Town
1767 King Street
Morrison House Old Town Alexandria
116 South Alfred Street
Alexandrian Old Town Alexandria
480 King Street
If you drive, here are some tips for parking around Alexandria:
Where to Park in Old Town
Things to Do in Historic Alexandria
Mount Vernon is the most popular historic estate in America. The land has been in the Washington family since 1674. Painstakingly preserved along the banks of the Potomac River, experience five hundred acres of colonial era architecture. The grounds include Washington’s Mansion, the tomb of George and Martha Washington, a memorial dedicated to the enslaved people who lived and worked on the estate and many other original structures.
Old Town Alexandria
A busy, historic district along the Potomac, Old Town is marked by cobblestone streets and 18th-century townhouses. George Washington slept at Gadsby’s Tavern, one of the many small museums in the area. Another is Stabler-Leadbeater Apothecary, opened in 1783. Indie boutiques and foodie spots line King Street, and there are open-air eateries by the river. The Saturday farmers' market has been operating for 260 years.
Salve Regina University | Newport, Rhode Island
July 15-16, 2020
Woman's Club of Evanston | Evanston, Illinois
October 21-22, 2020
"The Traditional Building Conference never fails to provide vital and timely material for the historic building architect."
-Andrew Jerome Cannata, AIA
“The variety of technical vs. artistic talent was great!… I really liked the new format, had better connections with the vendors and got to know fellow attendees and presenters”
“Excellent speakers, informative, engrossing topics for a room full of architects.”
“Engaging as well as ‘Big Picture’”
“One of the very best seminar topics I have ever experienced. A real treat and changed the way I think about design.”
"Easily the best FOOD I've ever had at a conference."
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