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Old House Fair Back In Nashville For 2019
by TJ Anderson
Have a thing for historic homes? You’re far from alone — this rundown of “The Most Popular House Styles in America Right Now,” from the web home of Bob Vila (himself a treasure of the historic home world), lists off historic home style after historic home style, from Queen Anne Victorians to midcentury ranches.
There’s a funny thing about getting into historic homes, too: Once you develop an attraction, it can quickly develop into an obsession — learning about period-perfect details, materials, fixtures. Before you know it, you’re spending off hours entertaining yourself by searching Nashville MLS listings for historic homes.
If any of this sounds familiar, something you might want to add to your calendar: the 2019 Old House Fair, presented by the Metropolitan Historical Commission Foundation and partners, and set for Saturday, March 2, 2019.
Each year, the day-long festival immerses attendees in all things historic home, from advice on restoration to insight into how older homes were designed and built. The 2019 installment will be held at the Sevier Park Community Center (3021 Lealand Ave.), running from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., and once again it’ll be free to attend, learn and deepen your love of historic homes in Nashville.
What’ll be offered at the 2019 Old House Fair
Whether you’re obsessed with ornate, turn-of-the-century architecture or sleek, midcentury-modern details, the Old House Fair likely has advice and eye candy that'll appeal to you.
Some of what the event offers is practical — there’s a presentation on plumbing in historic homes with master plumber Andrew Ward, and another focused on how you might get a loan to renovate your historic home. A morning class with a local preservationist will be particularly useful to Nashville homeowners who are planning on restoring their midcentury ranches.
Some parts of the Fair are a little more broad and informational — retailers, companies and artists will be on site sharing what they make, build and do, which can be helpful and informational whether you’ve already purchased a historic home in Nashville, or you’re just dreaming about doing it sometime down the line.
Bringing the kids along? There’ll be craft projects available too, oriented toward inspiring a love of historic architecture in younger Nashvillians.
Attending the 2019 Old House Fair
Few things are quite as easy as planning to attend the Old House Fair in Nashville: You just need to show up. Register your intent to attend on the 2019 Old House Fair Facebook event page, if you like, but no need — it’s free and open to all.
Lots more information about the event at Nashville.gov, too, including exhibitors and a presentation schedule.
TJ Anderson is a Nashville Realtor with Benchmark Realty who's helped countless clients both buy a home and sell a home in Nashville, Tennessee. He blogs about Nashville regularly, from Nashville-area....
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