Old Town Business and Professional Association (OTBPA) is an association of businesses which shares common interests and concerns. Its purpose is to provide networking, advocacy, and marketing opportunities for its members and to publicize the area as a progressive business district in the City of Alexandria, Virginia.

OTBPA represents all of the business districts located east of Alexandria Union Station to the river and includes all of the business districts located from the northern to the southern boundaries of the City of Alexandria. (otbpa.org)















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76th Annual Historic Alexandria Homes Tour

The Twig, the Junior Auxiliary of Inova Alexandria Hospital, will hold its 76th Annual Historic Alexandria Homes Tour on September 23 from 10 am to 3 pm in Old Town. Participants can learn the history and enjoy the interior design of eight unique homes, all located on North Columbus Street and within easy walking distance of each other.

The buildings on display date from the turn of the 19th century to the present. Current usage of the homes shows how to retain historic essence while modernizing, living easily in a small space, and experiencing the joys of living green. Here are some of the tour highlights:

A townhouse in a historic landmark built in 1812 that was the first free school for girls in Virginia, and was then used as a prison for Confederate spies during the Civil War.

The elegant home of a Corcoran-trained painter filled with her amazing and realistic landscapes and portraits of animals and people.

A LEEDS Silver certified home heated and cooled by a geothermal system; the architect/builder will be on site during the tour to talk about the home's energy efficient and environmentally friendly features.

The ingenuity of furniture created from industrial equipment, such as a lift made into an end table, in a large Romanesque home designed by the prominent architect and historian, Glenn Brown.

A garden where a large tree that came down in a storm has been cleverly replaced by metal trees crafted by the owner to retain privacy and muffle sound.

All proceeds from the tour benefit Inova Alexandria Hospital. Tickets are available either online, TheTwig.org, or at the Ramsay House Visitor Center; price is $40 in advance or $45 the day of the tour. On tour day, exchange your tickets for the tour book and map either at the Twig Shop, 106 N. Columbus Street, at Ramsay House, 221 King Street, or at the Lloyd House garden on the 200 block of N. Columbus Street.

OTBPA welcomes our newest member, The Ballyshaners, Mike


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