Living At The Old Town General Store

Living At The Old Town General Store

Leah Moss
Aug 20, 2010

Converted living spaces (churches, firestations and old Carnegie libraries!) are always a popular feature on Apartment Therapy — an industrial loft tops my dream house list! While many will agree that leaving existing features intact is part of the charm, what should one do when a wall of windows looks straight out (and in from!) a street bustling with pedestrians?

This week in their unique spaces column, Urban Turf features the Old Town Alexandria general store, which has had many lives since it was built in the 1880s. To date it has been a carriage house, the General Store, and an antique shop. Today it is a sprawling (uncommon for Old Town) albeit narrow (very common) home in the heart of Old Town's city center. Urban Turf explains that under the guidance of their architect, Mark McInturff, they decided to keep the huge windows looking out to the street. When privacy is needed they use custom light filtering screens.

To learn more about the home, check out the full article on Urban Turf.

Images: 1: Morgan Howarth via Urban Turf, 2: Stu Estler via Urban Turf

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