In 1955 Vera Knight, Jennie Lea Knight and Nancy Lloyd decided to create an art gallery. This was a response to all the artwork that Jennie Lea Knight and Nancy Lloyd were accumulating. Jennie Lea Knight's parents bought this home at 814 Prince Street in Alexandria, Va in 1956. They were Virginia's first professional art gallery and they showed both emerging artists, who found it hard to find a place to show, and prints from blue-chip artists like Miro and Picasso. Thus, the first floor of this home became Studio Gallery.