by Freed Photography
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.
by Avalon Caterers
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.
by James Roy
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
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.
Examples of Events:
Bar and Bat Mitzvahs
High School Reunions
For more information or to
schedule an appointment:
Director of Special Events
Call 703-838-4565 x2