As you know, earlier this year National PTA purchased a new home in Alexandria, Virginia-effectively taking PTA home to the area where we were founded over 114 years ago, Washington DC.
Located on North Pitt Street in the Old Towne area, we will soon be just across the river from our Nation’s Capital and those we work with every day on behalf of families and children.
You might ask, why move now?
Well, when PTA was founded in 1897 it was in Washington DC. From that point, our association met and worked in the city. In the 1930’s, like many other national associations, PTA moved to the Chicago area because the prominent transportation of the day was by railway; Chicago being a national center. Not too long after that, PTA purchased property and settled in for many years in service.
About 15 years ago, PTA found itself in a position of needing a new location in Chicago to meet our growing needs for space. The building was sold, the proceeds were put into an account to build or purchase another property in the near future. Well, the near future never came. For a number of very reasonable issues the PTA lived in leased space until this year.
This is a bold step for our Association and we now have an appreciable asset for our investment. Our new home will house not only all of our administrative spaces, but it will also have training space that can handle over 200 people, video conferencing/training and radio production capabilities.
In the near future, you will be hearing more about our move, a fall Open House as well as a Capital Campaign. Our thanks should go out to everyone who has given their support to making this dream come true. No one person is responsible, your team is working to make sure our Association is on a strong footing for a long time to come.
In the meantime, here’s a glimpse of what the building looks like and the progressive transformation. Visit our Fotki gallery for more photos. http://public.fotki.com/pta/newnationalptabuilding/
See you soon!