December 29, 2017

Preservation Personals: Virginia Federal Combines History and Luxury

  • By: Nicholas Som

Alexandria, Virginia, is home to many structures that date back to our country’s earliest days, but you’d be hard pressed to find one connected to a more iconic individual than me.

Built all the way back in 1787, I once served as the residence and medical offices of Dr. James Craik. His name probably doesn’t ring a bell, but you might have heard of the close friend for whom he served as personal physician: George Washington.

The two first met in 1754 when they joined the Virginia Regiment, which fought in the French and Indian War. Washington was a lieutenant colonel in the regiment (and soon became its commander), and Craik was the force’s physician. They became friends over the several years of battle, and when the American Revolutionary War broke out over a decade later, Craik answered Washington’s call once more. Craik continued to travel with and tend to Washington after the war ended, and stood at Washington’s bedside when he died.

For a property with ties to such important historical figures, I’m very well equipped for the 21st century. My five total stories contain original heart pine floors, five bedrooms, and a fully updated kitchen with an adjoining family room. There’s also an attached flounder house, which was once a separate residence but is now connected to the main building and currently used as an office.

But a tour of my property wouldn’t be complete without taking a look outside. There you’ll find a patio, a refreshing pool for the summer months, and a meticulously-planted garden designed by acclaimed landscape designer Jane MacLeish. I even offer off-street parking accessible through remote-controlled double gates—quite the valuable luxury in crowded Old Town Alexandria.

Learn more about me here.
The backyard of a Virginia Federal.

photo by: Betsy Myers

Alexandria, Virginia 22314.

The living room of a Virginia Federal.

photo by: Betsy Myers

My living room boasts its original heart pine flooring.

The dining room of a Virginia Federal.

photo by: Betsy Myers

You'll be transported to a picturesque riverside when you enjoy meals in my dining room.

Nicholas Som is an editorial assistant at Preservation magazine. He enjoys museums of all kinds, Philadelphia sports, and tracking down great restaurants.

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