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|