Architecture in Alexandria, and Mount Vernon

Architecture in Alexandria, and Mount Vernon

Fall is the perfect time to explore Alexandria’s architectural gems spanning several centuries and styles, from Georgian to Victorian to Mid-Century Modern. Step into Old Town and embark on our Self-Guided Architecture Stroll popping by cobblestoned Captain’s Row and architectural wonders like Spite House, Carlyle House and more.

Discovering Alexandria Architecture Tour

Sept. 18, Oct. 9 and Nov. 13, 2021, at 10 a.m.

Admission: $20 per person

Carlyle House, 121 N. Fairfax St., Alexandria, VA 22314


Alexandria has grown from a small town in the 18th century to a bustling small city in the 21st century. Join Carlyle House for a tour of Alexandria looking at the various architecture styles that adorn the city streets and make it one of the best places to live and work. Reservations are required as space is limited. Please wear comfortable shoes for this one-and-a-half hour guided tour. Tour is held rain or shine unless there is severe weather.

79th Historic Homes Tour, ‘Garden Glimpses’

Sept. 25, 2021, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Admission: $30 in advance; $35 day of tour

Old Town Alexandria, Va.


The TWIG’s 79th Historic Homes Tour, “Garden Glimpses,” will include 14 addresses located in the southeast quadrant of Old Town, the majority of which are new to the tour. The tour will include gardens and backyard areas, with docents narrating information about the property. Tour maps can be picked up the morning of the event at the Alexandria Visitor Center, TWIG Thrift Shop, Boxwood and Old Presbyterian Meeting House.

Hollin Hills House + Garden Tour

Sept. 25, 2021, from 12 to 6 p.m.

Admission: Regular: $50 per person; VIP: $80 per person

Registration at Hollin Meadows Elementary School, 2310 Nordock Place, Alexandria, VA 22306

This self-guided walking tour will showcase stunning examples of mid-century modern architecture, landscaping and interior design. New this year, participate in special activities throughout the day such as morning yoga, a furniture showcase and more. All ticket holders are required to check in at registration to receive a wristband and program that includes a listing and map of all the homes and gardens open during the tour. The tour will take place rain or shine. Sponsors and VIP ticket holders can register beginning at 10 a.m. and access the tour early at 11 a.m.