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Old House Fair

Save the date for the 2017 Old House Fair on Saturday, March 4, 2017, 9am-3pm. Location to be announced. Check back in February 2017 for additional information.

people mingling in exhibit hall

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Would you like to volunteer for the Fair? Visit Hands On Nashville for this and many other volunteer opportunities.

The Metropolitan Historical Commission Foundation and partners will host the 2017 Old House Fair on Saturday, March 4, 2017, 9am-3pm, at the Sevier Park Community Center, 3021 Lealand Avenue. The Old House Fair is a FREE day-long festival showcasing new ideas, practical advice, innovative materials, and quality services for homeowners to learn more about sustainable and historic products and services, and gain tips for planning and executing your project.

Exhibitors included companies, retailers, and artists experienced in working with homes of many ages and styles, from Antebellum to Mid-century Modern.

Sponsorship opportunities available. If you are interested in being a sponsor, please contact Robin Zeigler at or (615) 862-7970 ext.79776.

Presentations for 2016

Check back in February 2017 for 2017 schedule.

window workshop

Historic Travellers Rest Plantation & Museum

Time: Ongoing

Kids of all ages will learn about history through crafts and activities led by Historic Travellers Rest Plantation & Museum.

Tour Tiny Houses

Time: Ongoing

Two Tiny Houses are available for viewing and parked to one side of Sunnyside Mansion in the center of Sevier Park.

Tiny House Movement: How Does it Apply in Established Neighborhoods?

Time: 9:30 - 10:00 AM

There is a lot of talk about the need to increase housing numbers and options in Nashville. Building a house behind a house, may seem like the easiest answer but isn’t always the most appropriate one for our established neighborhoods. Sarah Murphy with the Music City Tiny House will explain what a “tiny house” is and how it can meet the needs of property owners, occupants and neighborhoods in a context sensitive manner as well as what is needed to make them legal.

What's A Perfect 10?

Time: 10:15 - 10:45 AM

Tour the first 'Perfect 10' remodeled home in Middle-Tn: diagnostic testing, spray foam, high-tech heating/cooling, smart ventilation strategies, ENERGY STAR certification, and more. *Erik Daugherty grew up in Nashville, earned a graduate degree in sustainable development in Sweden, and founded E3 INNOVATE to help improve the energy efficiency of existing and new homes. E3 has helped thousands of homeowner and builders in Middle-TN.

Beauty on the Inside: Discovering Your Home's Interior Style

Time: 11:00 - 11:30 AM

Join Susan Besser, educator at O’More College of Design and owner of Franklin Preservation Associations, in exploring interior architectural elements. Learn to identify carpentry elements from the Federal style to Arts & Crafts.

Sensitive Garage Design for Historic Neighborhoods

Time: 11:45 AM - 12:15 PM

Lynn Taylor with Taylor Made Plans will explore designing a garage, detached accessory dwelling unit or Tiny House for a historic district. Learn how to plan your building and costs; height, size and zoning; and site planning and location of building.

Choosing New Windows

window workshop

Time: 12:30 - 1:00 PM

Repairing historic windows is more efficient and sustainable than replacement windows but not all windows are repairable. And what about windows for your new addition or garage? Join Dale, Inc. to discover just what qualities you should be looking for in a replacement window.

Get Yourself Into Hot Water

Time: 1:15 - 1:45 PM

Water heater regulations and technology have changed. Join Andrew Ward with Republic Plumbing to explore what’s new and how it can be incorporated into your old house.

Insuring Historic Homes

Time: 2:00 - 2:30 PM

Nancy Gardner, Senior Underwriting Officer, will guide homeowners through considerations when insuring historic homes, historic home construction techniques, dating historic homes, historic home component pricing, claims scenarios, and selecting insurance programs.

participants at preservation station table in exhibit hall