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Notes: Local nonprofit offering playhouse replica of famous Old Town ‘spite house’

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One family will win a monument to Alexandria’s infinite capacity for pettiness.

As part of Stop Child Abuse Now (SCAN) of Northern Virginia’s Tiny Home, Big Heart Playhouse Fundraiser, custom home builder Alair Alexandria built a scale model of the Hollensbury Spite House built into an alley at 523 Queen Street, Zebra reported.

The original 7’6″ wide home is less than 350 total square feet. Local legend is the homeowner in the adjacent property built the home after he got tired of people loitering in the alley

The new playhouse is only slightly less wide, 6’9″, and also contains multiple stories with an artificial grass backyard. The construction was sponsored by Andrea Courduvelis of Sotheby’s International Realty.

Those who want a chance at winning the home can donate $10 to SCAN.

Photo via SCAN of Nothern Virginia/Facebook

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