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Cambridge Packing House A Future for the Past by Michael Valliant

Cambridge doesn’t need to be torpedoed. But much like Alexandria, Virginia’s, Torpedo Factory Art Center, Eastern Shore Land Conservancy and Cross Street Partners are envisioning a reimagined and repurposed Packing House in the heart of the town. From the end of World War I through the end of World War II

in June 1945, what is now Alexandria’s Torpedo Factory Art Center was an actual torpedo factory. In the late 1960s, the City of Alexandria bought the buildings from the federal government. Marian Van Landingham proposed a project that would renovate the building into working studio spaces for artists. Today, the Torpedo Fac-

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