It takes a special pair of eyes to see the beauty in something faded. In this case, it took three pairs. Chandra and Leigh Watson and Nealy Glenn instantly saw the potential when they discovered the beautiful but abandoned Rutledge Hill home now known as The Cordelle.
Built in 1871, the home at 45 Lindsley Avenue was originally owned by a steamer: located within walking distance of the famed Cumberland River, it was his job to help guide the steamboats safely into harbor. This is, in fact, where the venue name originates: a cordelle is the kind of rope used to pull the boats in to the banks of the river. For Chandra, Leigh, and Nealy, this rope is rich in symbolism:
“Like that unifying rope, The Cordelle brings people together: it’s an event space for weddings, corporate parties, fashion and art shows, music, community gatherings and much, much more. It’s a place that connects us to friends, family and the memories we create… a place in history… a place where new stories begin.”
With that in mind, the Victorian home was lovingly gutted and renovated: the earliest portion of the home was restored to its original beauty; a “Great Hall” was added; the second story was converted into a loft to be used as a bridal suite, green room, or for more intimate parties; and the veranda and gardens extend the interior beauty with a lush landscape.
Their attention to detail is unparalleled. Older features of the home were reworked into the new venue in surprising ways: the table in the loft was made with wood from the original flooring, and the mirror in the bridal suite comes from the crown molding. The use of local artisans and builders was also integral to the reanimating of The Cordelle. The loft boasts barn doors created by Holler Designs out of Lascassas , Tennessee. The floors, taken from an old tobacco barn, were done by Good Wood in Nashville. The walls are adorned with Emily Leonard’s paintings depicting the middle Tennessee landscape, as well as Nealy’s own photography.
And our favorite detail? The original cordelle rope tucked reverently away in a corner of the loft.