The House and Garden
The Murray-Dick-Fawcett House, at 517 Prince Street, is one of the earliest homes in the city, and possibly the least altered 18th Century home in Northern Virginia.
The 0.3-acre lot, which contains 1770s timber frame and brick dwelling, and a small garden, was one of the few buildings in existence in the area during the American Revolution. The house has been recognized by local historians as a “fascinating microcosm of the complete single family dwelling, containing in addition to the usual living, dining and bedrooms a kitchen, a necessary, rooms for slaves or servants and storage rooms, all under one roof.”
The property was acquired by the City of Alexandria in 2017, with the support of conservation trust funds. It is to be used in perpetuity as a historic site, vest-pocket park and garden, creating new open space in Old Town and preserving this nationally significant architectural and cultural resource for residents and visitors. The former owner has life-tenancy in the house, with public access for special events 12 times per year. In the future, the house will be operated as a museum and educational center focused on domestic life in Alexandria during the 18th and 19th centuries.
Preservation in Progress at the Murray-Dick-Fawcett House.
accurate replacement of both the standing seam and wood shingle roof is in
progress and should be completed by December 2021. The contractor for the job
is Hank Handler, Oak Grove Restoration Company. In keeping with
the City of Alexandria’s Noise Ordinance, the work will not start before 7:00
a.m., Monday - Friday, or 9:00 a.m. on Saturdays. The work will stop at
6:00 p.m. every day and will not occur on Sundays or Holidays. This
project will also include wood renewal on the exterior dormer windows and
repointing of the chimneys above the roof line. The
Murray-Dick-Fawcett House is one of our community treasures and its
preservation is a top priority.
Visiting the Garden
The garden is closed during the restoration project. The garden area is normally open to the public from the hours of 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Please respect the privacy of the home’s tenant and do not ascend the steps to the house.
Visiting the House
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