"Word Clouds" are cool, as well as informative.
We decided to create one for each chapter of my book on historical markers.
Why is King Street so small?
Thought for sure King Street would show up bigger, but now that I think about it, I do recall wondering why there are so very few markers on King Street.
Sure didn’t expect to see:
Authority comes from three sources:
Northern Virginia Regional Park Authority played a major role in restoring the Carlyle House. In fact, they own and operate the house as a museum and its grounds which, despite its small size, is actually a park.
By the late 1960s, the Carlyle House and grounds were in a state of disrepair. The Northern Virginia Regional Park Authority acquired the house in 1970 and began a six year project of research and restoration. The former Civil War hospital, now an aging apartment building, was torn down and the home of John Carlyle was once again revealed. Carlyle House Historic Park opened to the public in January of 1976 as part of the Bicentennial of the American Revolution.
They also own the Bank of Alexandria building.
Bank of Alexandria, Established in 1792, this was the first financial institution authorized by the General Assembly of Virginia. The building was completed in 1807. It is one of the oldest surviving commercial structures in Alexandria and is a fine local example of Federal architecture. The bank listed George Washington as a depositor and stockholder. William Herbert, the son-in-law of John Carlyle, was President from 1796 to 1819. After years of neglect the Northern Virginia Regional Park Authority saved the property from demolition in 1970. The National Historic Register Building was adaptively restored by OTV, Inc, in 1980.
Owner: Northern Virginia Regional Park Authority
By the way, it never ceases to amaze me how such great buildings as this one were targeted for demolition during urban renewal. I guess it is true. You have to put yourself in the time. Still!
The other source for authority also comes from the Urban Renewal period. Several markers cover the renewal projects - Market Square, Tavern Square, Gadsby Commercial – that leveled the 300-400-500 blocks of King Street.
On these markers members of the Redevelopment & Housing Authority are listed on them, as well as other agencies.
I have to confess to remembering how I chuckled at these markers when I first saw them. They have no informing words – just a long list of names of officialdom.
Paradoxically, no marker covers what was lost here in the 60s. And it was a lot!
The third source for authority is from two markers – the Old Dominion Bank Building and the Fairfax-Moore-Montague House.
Fairfax-Moore-Montague House has been registered as a Virginia Historic Landmark pursuant to the authority vested in the Virginia Board of Historic Resources.
George, John, James and William. No surprises there.
But Charles, other than the distinguished late Mayor, I would not have guessed it.
Charles Watson, Northern Virginia Regional Park Authority.
Charles, an enslaved person at Carlyle House.
Charles Lee, first Collector of Customs in Alexandria (he was famous for other things too).
Charles Beatty Moore, Colonel, Retired (1881-1951).
Now I see the light. She wrote a terrific book in 1949 - "Seaport in Virginia, George Washington's Alexandria." The preface of her book explains how they came to buy that beautiful Georgian brick beauty next to the Antheneum on Prince Street. In 1929 they drove past it, fell in love, and bought it.
The first two pages of her book show a Cartograph by Worth Bailey, another foot soldier in the preservation wars that split the city of Alexandria in half.
We see Market Square and Environs. There's Sharpshin Alley. There's the Sun and the Friendship Fire Companies. There's the Rainbow Inn.
Come on ya'll, we gotta get them in this word cloud...