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Sarah Coster (user 177) - Comments by Date

Carlyle House, a 1753 house museum and garden operated by the Northern Virginia Regional Park Authority, is very supportive of the City of Alexandria’s new wayfinding program. The pedestrian kiosks, maps and parking information signs will assist visitors in locating the city’s wonderful historic sites and museums.

We would like to comment on one area of potential confusion. Currently on “Vehicular Directional DR1,” located on Washington St., northbound, a sign points to the Carlyle district west of the city (referred to in the manual on page 25 as District Tier B).

We believe this will create unnecessary confusion for visitors wishing to locate Carlyle House (listed in the manual on page 25 as a Museums/Historic Attraction Tier B).

Carlyle House was built by one of the original town founders, John Carlyle. It is unique in this region as one of the only stone 18th-century Palladian homes. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, Carlyle House tells the story of Alexandria’s earliest history. Carlyle House attracts 20,000 visitors each year.

We understand that the term “Carlyle” is now being used to refer to the development south of the King Street Metro. We are proud that John Carlyle’s name has had a lasting legacy in the town he helped create. We do, however, feel that the term “Carlyle” by itself should not be on Vehicular Directional signs. We have already received calls from confused visitors and locals regarding the similar names.

Thank you for your time. We appreciate the hard work the city is putting into directional signage and look forward to our visitors benefitting from the finished product.

Sarah Coster
Assistant Site Administrator
Carlyle House Historic Park
121 N. Fairfax St.
Alexandria, VA 22314

Sarah Coster (177) | User | July 2, 2010 - 11:01 AM | City Wayfinding Program