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What’s in That Alley?

Inventorying Old Town Alexandria’s Historic Alley Network

Presentation at The Lyceum September 25 Open to Public


Alleys in Old Town are often overlooked but now hey have all been inventoried. (Courtesy photo)

Alleys within the City of Alexandria play a significant role in defining the character, the landscape, and social history of the city. Yet, the alleys are an overlooked asset in city planning, development, and historic research. Many alleys have been demolished for development or incorporated into adjacent lots. The intent of this inventory of public and private alleys was to assist the city in addressing these and other issues and to provide the baseline documentation that is needed to effectively manage the historic resources for the future. 

For the past eleven years, Michael Commisso has worked as a Cultural Resources Program Manager for the National Mall and Memorial Parks and Historical Landscape Architect for the National Capital and Northeast Regional Offices of the National Park Service (NPS). In these positions, he has provided technical assistance and direction to parks and programs with the inventory, documentation, and treatment of historic parks and properties, which include scenic parkways, battlefields, memorials, formal gardens, and cemeteries. Prior to working with the NPS, Michael worked as a Historic Preservation Planner and Landscape Designer in South Georgia. Aside from his professional work, Michael is active in the Alexandria preservation community and currently serves as Chair on the city’s Historic Restoration and Preservation Commission. He has a BA in Environmental Design and Environmental Studies from the University at Buffalo and a Masters of Landscape Architecture from the State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry.

Please join us to learn about this community-led survey project and to recognize the volunteers who contributed to this important study.

Presentation by Mike Commisso, Cultural Resources Program Manager, National Mall and Memorial Parks, National Park Service and Chair, Alexandria Historical Restoration and Preservation Commission.

September 25, 2017, 6:30 p.m. reception and 7 p.m. lecture

The Lyceum

201 S. Washington St.

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