Charles Goodsell

December 3, 2009

Charles Goodsell discussing Alexandria's City Council Chamber

A quick photo from CPAP Professor Emeritus Charles Goodsell’s visit to Alexandria to discuss his book The Social Meaning of Civic Space: Studying Political Authority through Architecture (University Press of Kansas, 1988), a study of 75 city council chambers from around the U.S.. During Goodsell’s visit, CPAP MPA student and City of Alexandria budget analyst Morgan Routt gave us a quick tour of Alexandria’s city council chamber – a classic example of a midcentury chamber.

The chamber shows only small changes from the photo Goodsell took 25 years ago as he was doing the research. From the collection of Goodsell’s photos available online from the Virginia Tech archives:

Alexandria City Council Chamber, September 1982

Thanks Professor Goodsell!


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