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Old House Fair

Save the date for the 2015 Old House Fair on Saturday, March 7, 2015, Sevier Park Community Center at 3021 Lealand Avenue. Exhibitors to be announced soon.


The Metropolitan Historical Commission Foundation and partners will host the 2015 Old House Fair on Saturday, March 7, 2015 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.

The OHF will include presentations and hand-on demonstrations, such as:

  • enhancing energy efficiency
  • funding your rehab
  • evaluations of defining features and replacement materials
  • dealing with toxic substances such as lead paint and asbestos
  • repairing windows and faux painting
  • children's activities

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

Know a young preservationist? We’ll have children’s activities, too!

Opportunity to win great raffle items donated by our exhibitors and sponsors.

Join us for lunch as the food truck Smoke Et Al will be back again, based on popular demand!

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

Partial Listing of Presentations for 2015

Check back soon for updates and the schedule of 2015 presentations.

Repurposing Furniture: Professionally Done vs. DIY

Repurposing is not only a great way to spruce up junk shop finds; it can also afford a new lease on life to family heirlooms and fragile antiques. Join Richard Sullivan, restoration expert from Rosewalker Arts, as he examines the hierarchical scale of repurposing. Richard will examine the three major types of repurposing and give surprising tips on how best to choose the most appropriate approach for your project.

Designing Kitchens for Historic Houses

Join designer and educator Susan Besser to explore the history of kitchens and discuss how to create a kitchen for your home that is functional for the twenty-first century and is sensitive to your home's historic period. Included in the presentation are cabinetry types and details, appliance resources and appropriate countertops and finishes.

New Additions for the Old

Planning an addition can be more challenging than designing a new house. The key to a successful project is turning negatives into positives. Architect Michael Ward from Allard Ward Architects will provide case-studies of several of his additions covering how they were designed to respect the historic home and still fulfill the needs of the homeowner.

Geothermal. Is it Right for Your Home?

Home energy-efficiency expert Erik Daugherty explains how geothermal works, the criteria that makes a property an ideal candidate and an overview of the expenses, process and benefits. 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.

Stormwater Managaement for Existing Buildings

More development means more stormwater issues. There are new regulations for new construction but there is a lot that can be done on lots with existing buildings too. Barry Westbrook with DocAir will provide information about underground PVC piping, channels for hardscape areas, design of catch basin and grates for downspouts and the use of clay to reinforce and protect building foundations.

2015 Children's Activities

Ongoing: Architectural Scavenger Hunt

Old Houses are like mysteries - you never know what you may find! Children are welcome to join in on an Old House Fair scavenger hunt on the grounds of Sevier Park, weather permitting. Clues created by Historic Nashville Inc. will lead them throughout campus and educate about the mysteries of old homes- then back for a prize!

2015 Demonstrations

Flushed Away: Getting Creative with Old Plumbing

Join Andrew Ward to learn about an old home's plumbing needs. Learn what to look for when purchasing an older home, about items that typically need replacement or repair, and about the multitude of options to address old plumbing issues. Andrew is owner of Republic Plumbing and host of WLAC's former home improvement show.

A Slick Bevel: Reglazing Your Sash

There is little that will change the outward appearance of your classic wood windows like the seamless bevel of a freshly glazed and painted sash. Come learn tips, techniques, and tools with The Standard Sash that will convert your crumbling and cracking putty into the weather-resistant and aesthetically-pleasing element it was meant to be. Bring a DIY attitude and a steady hand to test what you've learned on sample sashes because practice makes perfect with this old craft.