2022 Washington DC Modernism Show
Live at the Landmark
George Washington Masonic National Memorial
Old Town Alexandria, Virginia


 In 2022, ADSW offers two shows: (1) a live show at the landmark George Washington Masonic National Memorial in Old Town Alexandria and (2) an online show in partnership with RubyLane.com. The live show will be held April 30th and May 1st, 2022.

After more than 30 years in gymnasiums, warehouses, and other nondescript settings in the Washington suburbs, 2022 marks the show’s return to a close in location and a national historic landmark—the George Washington Masonic National Memorial in Old Town Alexandria.

Construction of the Memorial, sited atop Shooter’s Hill, the western terminus of Old Town, began in 1922 styled after Egypt’s ancient Lighthouse of Alexandria. The building was dedicated in 1932, in honor of the 200th anniversary of George Washington’s birth. As a privately-funded memorial, interior finishes continued to be added into the 1970s as funds were raised. Because much of the interior work was started or completed between the 1920s and 1950s, there are important Art Deco elements in the Memorial’s interior design, including the first floor’s terrazzo floors. The Memorial was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 2015.

In addition to the historic structure, Old Town Alexandria and the Memorial offer several other advantages, including (1) ample free parking, a rarity for a close in location, (2) overnight parking for dealer trucks, (3) increased accessibility from throughout the Washington area because of the easy 4-block walk from the King Street/Old Town station on Metro’s Blue and Yellow lines, (4) daily rail service to New York, Baltimore, Chicago, Atlanta, Richmond, and other cities from the Alexandria Amtrak Station just blocks from the Memorial, (5) an abundance of bars, restaurants, hotels, historic sites, and shops making Old Town Alexandria an extremely popular weekend destination, (6) the free King Street Trolley running between the King Street Metro and the Waterfront, and (7) high rankings in Conde Nast Traveler’s 2019 ranking of the best small cities in America (#3), Money’s #1 Best Value travel destination 2018, and Southern Living’s South’s Prettiest Cities 2018.

Started in 1983 as the Exposition of Decorative Arts, primarily an Art Deco show, the show gradually expanded to include other design movements of the 20th Century and now includes the sale of all 20th Century design movements, including Art Nouveau, Arts & Crafts, Art Deco, Art Moderne, Mid-Century Modern, Scandinavian Modern, and Atomic. The show will take place in the Grand Masonic Hall, the Conference Room, the Dining Room, and the connecting corridors.