Old Washermanpet locally known as "Pazhaya Vannarapettai" is located in the northern part of Chennai, a city situated on the east coast of the southern India. The name comes from the fact that it used to be the washermen's enclave in Chennai, where many of the city's dhobighats used to be located. Prior to the development of T.Nagar and Purasawalkam, Washermanpet acted as the textile business hub of Chennai. It is also famous for jewellery shops and match box industries. The two arterial roads runs through this area are T.H Road and G.A Road.
There are many historical schools and colleges present in this locality. Urdu Govt. Hr. Sec School, Washermenpet Govt. Hr. Sec School,K.C.S Hr sec school, HK International Education, Thiyagaraya School, B.C.S Jain Mat. Hr. Sec School, Muruga Dhanushkodi Girls Hr. Sec. School, P.A.K Hr. Sec. School, T.S.T Rajah Girls Hr. Sec. School are few among them.
The college is affiliated to the University of Madras. Arts and Science courses offered include B.Sc (Bachelor of Science), B.C.A (Bachelor of Computer Application), M.Sc (Master of Science); it also offers arts courses such as B.Com and B.A. etc. This college is one of the oldest colleges in Chennai.
Washermanpet has a bus terminus which is well connected with other parts of the city . It is also the starting point for Corridor 1 of the Chennai Metro Rail network which is under construction and is expected to be completed by 2014. 
Anna Park is used by the residents for morning walks and recreational activities. Robinson Ground and Sir Theyagaraya Ground is frequented by teens and kids for sport activities. Both these places were often used by the political party Dravida Kazhagam (DK), at its budding period and witnessed several spellbounding orations by eminent orators viz. Dr. Annadurai and Dr. Kalaignar