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What is that White Building across from Reston Town Center?


Casper:I have seen this older looking white building across  Reston Ave  from Reston TownReston real estate agents Jan and Steve Bachman Center. Do you know what it is? It has been there for years.

Jan Bachman: This building housed the office of our primary real estate settlement attorney back in the early 1980’s, I learned a bit about it when cooling my heels in his waiting room…. it has a great history and we are glad that it has been saved. In the 1940’s, A.C. Bowman lived in the house and produced, “Virginia Gentleman Bourbon Whiskey from the distillery that was on the property behind the house.

Distilling continued until 1988 when the company moved south to Fredericksburg VA. In the 1960’s, the house was sold to Robert E. Simon. Simon, who helped develop Madison Square Garden in NYC and whose family owned Carnegie Hall, liked the idea of the European piazza and as such, was instrumental in creating the Reston of today.

Robert E. Simon sitsat Lak Anne Villlage CenterHow Reston Got Its Name

Reston, named for Robert E. Simons initials R-E-S with the English word for town T-O-N, was one of the first planned communities in the nation. The site, located along Old Reston Avenue, was purchased by Bowman in 1927 and served as his family’s estate.

The Bowman mansion oversaw the family business, the Virginia Gentleman bourbon distillery, which is now the location of the Sallie Mae building.

Prison Fellowship bought the property in July 1983 and built the office buildings to house the organization’s staff. Prison Fellowship was founded in 1976 by former Nixon aide, Chuck Colson, who became a born-again Christian after a seven month prison stay for his role in the Watergate conspiracy.

The organization, now led by former Virginia Attorney General Mark Earley, has become the world’s largest religious outreach program for prisoners, ex-prisoners, crime victims, and their families.


Reston Town Center


When my husband (Steve, the regular blog author) and I first moved to Reston, there was no Town Center, no toll road, no Reston north of Route 606 and the Smith Bowman distillery was in full function…lots of changes since then!

Check out the Reston Museum for the most acurate historical

information regarding the development of this beautiful planned



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Comment balloon 0 commentsSteve and Jan Bachman • November 30 2009 08:03PM
What is that White Building across from Reston Town Center?
Casper: I have seen this older looking white building across Reston Ave from Reston Town Center. Do you know what it is? It has been there for years. Jan Bachman: This building housed the office of our primary real estate… more
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