Alexandria City Hall
The present Alexandria City Hall was erected on the site of the old 1909 City Hall, which was demolished in 1963 to enable the construction of the present structure, designed by the local architectural firm of Barron, Heinberg, and Brocato. Its construction was executed by R. J. Jones and Co. The minimalistic style of the new facility reflects the preference for modernity, progress, and new construction of the 1960s – a trend which ultimately accounted for the loss of many historic 19th and early 20th century buildings of downtown Alexandria. However we can now appreciate this structure for its unique mid-century design, which emphasizes structural function over axial symmetry, and features an exterior that is reflective of the building’s interior, utilizing modern materials such as concrete, reinforced steel, and glass. It is suggestive of the International and Brutalist styles, with the exception of a strictly ornamental honeycomb-like design present in the geometric gable of the exterior wall facing the river. The building also features underground parking. The 2nd St. side of the building consists of a large gathering space, available for use as a public facilities rental, known as “Convention Hall.