The Lyceum, Alexandria, Virginia

The Lyceum is a small, antebellum building that is home to Alexandria’s city museum. Originally built as a library, the building’s neoclassical style distinguishes itself from nearby row-houses and establishes itself as a major landmark and civic space of Alexandria. The building’s prominence as a civic space is also heightened by its location at the crossroads of two major avenues, Prince Street and George Washington Memorial Parkway, and its location in the center of town. Today, the building continues to serve the public by hosting public programs and exhibitions; the building’s large hall is home to frequent concerts and is rentable by the public. The Lyceum is proof that civic spaces do not need to be large to have a big community impact.

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