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Venues We Love: The Cordelle

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.  

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Pie Town, Tennessee.

Our Summer Photo Album

Once, there was a time when summer seemed like nothing but lazy, long days.  But if your summer has been anything like ours, “busy” is the operative word.  May, June, July, August:  they have all passed in a flash, and now we are knocking on September’s door.    

But busy certainly does not mean boring, and our crop of events  has been as varied as it is interesting.  We helped the new crop of Vandy grads celebrate their success;  we threw a block party with our Pie Town neighbors;  we got to watch an incredible new venue come to fruition, and take part in their inaugural event season; and if we weren’t at a wedding every Saturday, we were out at Fontanel or the Americana Music Fest listening to (and feeding, of course) Dwight Yoakam, Ray LaMontagne and John Hiatt.  We also have made a lot of new friends, and helped host some incredible events with some incredible companies, including Microsoft, The Food Network, ASAE, The Discovery Channel, and Rolling Stone Magazine…you know, just to name a few!  The summer has truly been incredible, and fun to boot.

So, without further ado and for your viewing pleasure, our summer photo album…blog.

 

Cordelle Collage

scherm

weddings

The Woods at Fontanel

Summer Shows