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105 N. Union St.
Alexandria, VA 22314
Renting the Art Center
703-838-4565 x2 /
Photo by Freed Photography

Modern and Distinctive:

A Creative Venue to Make Your Own

Make your event unforgettable at the Torpedo Factory Art Center located in the heart of Old Town Alexandria, Virginia on the Potomac River waterfront. Only minutes from National Airport and downtown Washington, convenient parking is available directly across the street from the Art Center. We will gladly work with the caterer, musicians, and event planner of your choice. You and your guests will enjoy our award-winning and distinctive facility.

The unique public spaces in the Art Center, surrounded by art studios and artwork, can be rented for private events in the evening hours when the Center is closed to visitors. The Art Center is a popular venue for receptions, weddings, parties, meetings, lectures, and performances.

Ask about our private conference room for your next business meeting.

Photo by Avalon Caterers

The Capacity:

The Art Center can accommodate special events for as few as 50 people or as many as 850. The capacity for a stand-up event is 450 in the main hall or 600 if the entire Art Center is used. For a seated event with tables, the main hall can accommodate 220, while theater seating on the main floor is available for groups of up to 350. Capacities vary with event set-ups. Additional arrangements may be made to rent the bricked area directly behind the Art Center. If this space is used, it is, almost always, required that a tent be erected for your event.

Photo by James Roy

The Ambiance:

Built in 1918 to manufacture torpedoes like the one displayed on the first floor, this striking three-story building retains its identity in daylight as a former factory with exposed pipes, ductwork, and smokestack. The walls and unusual mushroom shaped columns, built to send the roof flying upward should a torpedo accidentally detonate, remain white. While new railings combine blue paint and steel, bright yellow lighting fixtures are industrial-style, and studio doors are painted in playful colors. The building includes a dramatic two-story atrium surrounded with a balcony and divided by two catwalks. These overlook the main hall which measures approximately 150-by-25-feet.

After hours, the Art Center transforms into a unique and distinctive space. Spot lighting creates the desired mood while guiding the eye toward the rich collection of fine art created by over 160 artists, displayed in the 82 studios and six galleries. Add your own personal touch with your choice of flowers, music, and food.

A charming deck area behind the Center invites guests to take a stroll along the Potomac River. Bricked terraces may be tented to extend the space for a larger group or special evening under the stars.


Catering, Parking, and Other Practical Matters:

You may select your own caterer or choose from our list. The enclosed loading dock and fully accessible kitchen offer convenience for caterers. Dancing and amplified music are permitted. Guests may choose to use the parking garage directly across the street or other nearby lots. Advance arrangements can be made for guests to leave the Torpedo Factory by the riverside doors to walk along the Alexandria city marina directly behind the Art Center. The entire building is accessible to persons with disabilities.

Some Examples of Events:

Wedding Receptions
Wedding Ceremonies
Anniversary Parties
Bar and Bat Mitzvahs
Gala Balls
Birthday Celebrations
Rehearsal Dinners
Retirement Parties
Theme Parties
High School Reunions
Corporate Meetings

For more information or to schedule an appointment:

Call 703-838-4565 x2
Fax 703-838-0088

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