Christ Church (Alexandria, Virginia)

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Christ Church
Christ Church in Alexandria, Virginia
Christ Church (Alexandria, Virginia) is located in Alexandria, Virginia
Christ Church (Alexandria, Virginia)
Location 118 North Washington Street, Alexandria, Virginia
Coordinates 38°48′22.69″N 77°02′51.06″W / 38.8063028°N 77.0475167°W / 38.8063028; -77.0475167Coordinates: 38°48′22.69″N 77°02′51.06″W / 38.8063028°N 77.0475167°W / 38.8063028; -77.0475167
Built Completed February 27, 1773
Architect James Wren
Architectural style Georgian
Governing body Private
NRHP Reference # 70000899
VLR # 100-0012
Significant dates
Added to NRHP May 10, 1970[2]
Designated NHL April 15, 1970[3]
Designated VLR September 18, 1973[1]

Christ Church in Alexandria, Virginia, is an Episcopal church built from 1767 to 1773 by John Carlyle. The church was designed by James Wren in the colonial style, and frequented by such notables as George Washington, Robert E. Lee, and Philip Richard Fendall I. In addition, Franklin Roosevelt and Winston Churchill visited the church on January 1, 1942 to commemorate World Day of Prayer for Peace. Today, the church has over 2,400 members.


The brick two-story church measures about 60 feet (18 m) by 50 feet (15 m). Comparable to the less altered Pohick Church in the same parish, the church has been embellished with stone quoins and window surrounds. The roof is a simple hipped structure. A prominent tower was added between 1785 and 1815, as well as upper level galleries in the interior.[4]

It was declared a National Historic Landmark in 1970.[3][5]

Memorial to the thirty-four Confederate soldiers buried in the churchyard

Among the burials in the church cemetery is the mass grave of thirty-four Confederate prisoners of war who died in local prison camps during the American Civil War. A memorial stone in the churchyard commemorates their deaths.

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Sundial in church yard.


  1. ^ "Virginia Landmarks Register". Virginia Department of Historic Resources. Retrieved 2013-03-12. 
  2. ^ "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 2007-01-23. 
  3. ^ a b "Christ Church". National Historic Landmark summary listing. National Park Service. Retrieved 2008-02-18. 
  4. ^ "Christ Church (Alexandria), Virginia" (PDF). National Park Service. Retrieved 21 October 2011. 
  5. ^ "National Register of Historic Places Inventory-Nomination: Christ Church" (PDF). National Park Service. 5 January 1970.  and Accompanying photos, exterior and interior, from 19. PDF (32 KB)

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