Parlor Tour
Saturday Dec 6th 4pm-9pm
Sunday Dec 7th 1pm-5pm

The Historic Old Southwest neighborhood, just a few minutes walk from Downtown Roanoke, is a living celebration of history, architecture, and the new “urban pioneer” spirit. Residents from all walks of life live and work together, experiencing a sense of belonging very much like their predecessors did years ago. In addition to the residential population, businesses, churches, restaurants, and the Highland Park Higher Learning Center share historic Old Southwest, representing the very best of neighborhood life in America.
Old Southwest, Inc. is an active not-for-profit organization which began in the 1970’s as the Old Southwest Neighborhood Alliance. Formed to coordinate efforts to save the neighborhood from further destruction (22 buildings were razed in one year), Old Southwest, Inc., remains vigilant and involved on a daily basis on issues affecting the health and promotion of the of the neighborhood. Old Southwest, Inc. membership is open to permanent residents of the neighborhood, tenants, neighborhood business and property owners, as well any persons that wish to support the overall mission of our organization.

What does Old Southwest, Inc. Do?

Some of the Many Things We Do To Make Old Southwest Safe, Strong & Beautiful

  • Produce an annual Parlor Tour of homes each year on the first weekend in December.
  • Have monthly Safety Meetings attended by Roanoke City Police.
  • Food With Friends - neighbors gather almost monthly in homes for a fun shared potluck social event.
  • Present an annual Citizens Appreciation Banquet to recognize special people who do special things in support of the neighborhood.
  • Provide funding, via grants, to help neighbors improve their properties.
  • Send members to Neighborhood Conferences both local, state, and nationwide.
  • Informative programs at neighborhood meetings about matters related to preservation, improvements, special events and a lot more.
  • Twice yearly clean up of alleys and streets by our volunteers.
  • Annual art show and event in Highland Park.
  • Ongoing improvements and maintenance of our historic meeting place, The Alexander/Gish house at the back of Highland Park.
  • Innovative projects to help preserve and enhance Highland Park.
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Rededication & Flag Raising Ceremony of Argonne Circle

Veterans Day
Tuesday - November 11th, 2014

Argonne Circle
Intersection of
4th St & King George Ave SW

This is a rededication & flag raising ceremony to commemorate the 96th anniversary of the end of World War I. 

Originally dedicated in November 1925 with a momument recognizing the 'Doughboys' of the Roanoke Area by the Daughters of the American Revolution. The intersection was then named Argonne Circle in honor of the famous WWI battle in France.

Sixty years later in May 1985 the Old Southwest neighborhood group & Daughters of American Revolution (Margaraet Lynn Lewis chapter), held on this space a celebration of the replacement of three street lights. Prior to this event, Argonne Circle had been "dark" for over 40 years.

In early 2014, Frank Smith III had taken on the project of revitalizing Argonne Circle to earn his Eagle Scout rank. The space has since been updated with an information panel, flag pole, seating bench, and planting of poppy flowers.

Neighborhood Meeting

Thursday - November 20th, 2014
630pm - Safety Meeting
7pm - Neighborhood Meeting

641 Walnut Ave SW
Alexander-Gish House
Highland Park

Old Southwest
Holiday Parlor Tour Gala

 Friday - December 5th, 2014

110 Shenandoah Ave
Commonwealth Conference Hall
Hotel Roanoke

A limited number of tickets can be purchased in advance online or the day of the event in person.

35th Annual
Old Southwest
Holiday Parlor Tour

 Saturday - December 6th, 2014
4pm - 9pm

Beginning 1-hr earlier
compared to past years due to
number of homes on tour

Sunday - December 7th, 2014
1pm - 5pm

Tickets can be purchased online or the day of the event at the Highland Park entrance (4th St & Washington Ave)

Old Southwest has been featured on This Old House
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