Modern and Distinctive
The Torpedo Factory Art Center provides a unique, industrial backdrop for your special event. Located in the heart of quaint Old Town Alexandria, Virginia, the Art Center is a popular venue for receptions, weddings, parties, meetings, lectures, and performances. The art-filled interior public spaces in the Art Center, is surrounded by one-of-a-kind artwork and can be rented for private events in the evening hours when the Center is closed to visitors. The outdoor brick patio also offers a spectacular view of the Potomac River and is a breathtaking place to host your event under the stars.
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.
Main Hall: Seated: 220, Theater style seating: 350, Standing: 450
Mezzanine: Commonly used in addition to the main hall functioning as space for cocktail hour or overflow
Third Floor: Seated: 25-50, Theater style seating: 60, Standing: 200
Outdoor patio: Seated: 200, Theater style seating: 300, Standing: 350
*Seated Capacities vary with event set-ups.
Catering, Parking, and Other Practical Matters
The Torpedo Factory Art Center has a preferred list of caterers but we are open to new caterers based on reviews. Dancing and amplified music are permitted. Guests may choose to use the parking garage directly across the street or other nearby lots. The entire building is accessible to persons with disabilities.