Gadsby's Tavern Museum

Restoration of Historic Ice Well and Public View Site

 

  • GADS Ice 1p : The Ice Well at Gadsby's Tavern – Loaded with ice for a promotional event

    The Ice Well at Gadsby's Tavern – Loaded with ice for a promotional event

  • GADS Ice 3 Plan : Ice Well Viewing Area: Corner of Cameron and North Royal Streets, Alexandria, Va

    Ice Well Viewing Area: Corner of Cameron and North Royal Streets, Alexandria, Va

  • GADS Ice 3 WellB4 : Gadsby's Tavern Ice Well:  Existing view area before restoration

    Gadsby's Tavern Ice Well: Existing view area before restoration

  • GADS ice 3a NewView : Inviting access to the Ice Well view-spot with graphics

    Inviting access to the Ice Well view-spot with graphics

  • Gads inside : Looking up: The view from inside the Ice Well

    Looking up: The view from inside the Ice Well

Built in 1792, Gadsby's Tavern served the most fashionable iced refreshments to George Washington, and Alexandria's residents. Along with year-round cool-drinks, popular ice cream flavors included vanilla, oyster and parmesan. The tavern's ice well made it possible in the 18th century.

 

Gadsby's Tavern is a National Historic Landmark with history museum and a colonial-themed restaurant. While ice is no longer harvested from nearby rivers and stored under the corner of Royal and Cameron streets, it has the only exisiting commercial urban ice well in the city.

 

The restored brick and bluestone street-corner subtly welcomes the public to explore the ice well under their feet. Carved-in-stone interpretative graphics monumentalize the site, while improved visibilty and accessibility is achieved with minimal impact on historic character of the neighborhood.  

 

 

Client: Gadsby's Tavern Museum
Project: Restoration of Historic Ice Well and Public View Site