Hotel Indigo in Old Town Alexandria, Virginia (Courtesy image)

IHG’s HOTEL INDIGO ® BRAND BRINGS LOCAL BOUTIQUE EXPERIENCE TO Vibrant OLD TOWN, ALEXANDRIA NEIGHBORHOOD

Hotel Indigo Old Town Alexandria will be first hotel along scenic Alexandria waterfront

InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG), one of the world’s leading hotel companies, announces the forthcoming opening of the Hotel Indigo ® Old Town Alexandria hotel. Located at 220 South Union Street, Alexandria, Virginia, the hotel will be Alexandria’s first waterfront hotel, delivering a stylish, local experience informed by the city’s picturesque waterfront, and paying homage to its maritime roots.

Each Hotel Indigo property is uniquely designed to reflect the culture, character and history of the surrounding neighborhood. While the Hotel Indigo Old Town Alexandria hotel will boast modern design elements, nods to the city’s nautical history include a statue by local sculptor Chris Erney. His work features a fisherman pulling in a net, inspired by photos found in the Library of Congress archives showing primary source photos of a Potomac fisherman taken in the 1920s. The Potomac River’s original shoreline, which falls along the hotel’s lobby, will also be featured. Upon breaking ground, a Revolutionary War-era ship was uncovered as well as John Carlyle’s 1755 public warehouse, to the great excitement of local archaeologists. These discoveries inspired marine, colonial, and warehouse motifs throughout the hotel’s design.

The Hotel Indigo Old Town Alexandria property will be LEED Silver certified, featuring five stories, 120 rooms, and a 5,000 square foot terrace overlooking the river. Designed by Dash Design, the aesthetic was inspired by Alexandria’s historic wharves and warehouses.

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More about the Revolutionary-era Ship found in Old Town Alexandria, Virginia

Via AlexTV, in December 2015, Alexandria archaeologists uncovered the remains of the hull of a fifty-foot vessel on the Indigo Hotel construction site at 220 S. Union Street in Old Town Alexandria, Virginia.

Scuttled sometime in the late eighteenth century, the ship served as the framework for part of the landfill process that extended the waterfront out to the deep channel of the Potomac River.

18th Century Ship discovered in Old Town #AlexandriaVAHistoric discovery: the remains of an 18th century ship were discovered in Old Town #AlexandriaVA, at a construction site on 220 S. Union Street. The site was open for public viewing on January 5, 10 a.m.-12 p.m. Here’s a clip from our live stream of that event on #Periscope, where City Archaeologist Francine Bromberg talks about the significance of the historic find.

Posted by Visit Alexandria VA on Wednesday, January 6, 2016

18th century historic ship discovered at Hotel Indigo construction site

Via Visit Alexandria, Archaeologist for the City of Alexandria, Virginia, Francine Bromberg, discusses the significance of the recent historic nautical discovery in Old Town Alexandria, Virginia.

220 S. Union Street in Old Town Alexandria, Virginia - site of Hotel Indigo
There was much ado today about a fantastic nautical discovery at 220 S. Union Street, the future site of Hotel Indigo in Old Town Alexandria, Virginia. See photos of today’s gathering here and here.

Via WUSA9 (Video report after the jump…)

Archeologists are racing the wrecking ball. They are rushing to recover the remains of an ancient ship scuttled for landfill around the time of the American Revolution.

Residents grabbed a brief glimpse of the old vessel. The site surrounded by a fence now. But people were really fired up for a quick look. This is the first time anyone has found a shipwreck this old along the Alexandria waterfront.

People crowded in, standing on tiptoes, stealing glimpses of a more than 200-year-old ship in what was her final resting place.

Read more at this link.

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Nautical Discoveries at 220 S. Union Street on display today only

Ship Dig(1)

Archaeologists have uncovered the remains of the hull of a fifty-foot vessel on the Indigo Hotel construction site at 220 S. Union Street.  The public may view this find on Tuesday, January 5, 2016, from 10:00 a.m. until noon.  The meeting place for viewing is on the sidewalk beside Mystique Jewelers at 211 The Strand, Alexandria.

Scuttled sometime in the late eighteenth century, the ship served as the framework for part of the landfill process that extended the waterfront out to the deep channel of the Potomac River, helping to make the early town a thriving international port.  The find was not unexpected; prior research by City archaeologists suggested that we could find the remains of ships used in the filling process at various points along the waterfront, and the Archaeological Commission had reiterated that possibility in the Waterfront History Plan.

The discovery resulted from the implementation of the city’s Archaeological Protection Code. Thunderbird Archaeology, a division of Wetland Studies, conducted the investigation for the developer, Carr properties.  About a third of the hull of the vessel is present.  It  is sturdily built and well preserved, enough that it may offer archaeologists a great deal of information,  Further study of the ship has the potential to provide insight into ship-building practices of this early era of our history, and it may represent a vessel type that has not yet been documented through archaeological research.

This week, city archaeologists, working with Thunderbird and other professionals in both maritime history and conservation, will dismantle the ship after it has been documented with 3-D laser scanning, photographs and measurements/drawings on site. The wood will then be maintained in a wet environment to allow for further study and possible conservation.

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