Nashville Zoo’s Grassmere Historic Home is honored to be a part of the James Hardie 2019 Parade of Homes taking place at The Grove in College Grove, TN. The historic home’s internal and external design has been replicated and modernized by Hatcliff Construction and will be on display for the public to see Oct. 12-27.
The Parade of Homes is an annual event produced by the Home Builders Association of Middle Tennessee (HBAMT). The event features multiple new homes created by the industry's top builders and designers in a premier local development.
"To know someone loves the Croft House as much as we do and that they were able to recreate it in a modern form for several thousand people to visit and experience is incredibly heartwarming,” said Tori Mason, Historic Site Manager. “I'm so excited for people to see it firsthand and experience that feeling of déjà vu like I did when I first walked into it.”
The contemporary replication of the historic home uses the Croft family home as a base design and modified the interior amenities to fit the modern day family.
“I don't think any of us realized that they would create a house that not only physically looks like our Croft House, but also feels like our house,” Mason said.
The Grassmere home won five of the 16 awards given to the participating homes, including Best Landscaping, Best Interior Design and Best Craftsmanship. The home was also selected as the Southern Living Showcase Home and will be featured in an upcoming issue.
Five builders participated in this year’s event at The Grove. Attendees can visit the Parade for ideas, inspiration or just a fun day out getting a glimpse at the latest home design trends while touring eye-popping new houses.
Listed on the National Register of Historic Homes, the Grassmere Historic Home, built in 1810, is the centerpiece of the Grassmere Historic Farm and is open seasonally for guided tours.
The Zoo offers walking tours through the home that enlighten guests about the history of the property, stories from the five generations who lived there and how the Zoo came to be located on the land. The home is still decorated with original pieces of furniture, a portion of the extensive book collection and several family portraits.