Tennessee April 30, 2018
The Tennessee Marble Museum That Needs To Be Seen To Be Believed
Have you ever been to the Candoro Arts & Heritage Center in Knoxville? The historic space now serves as a wedding and performance venue, but it harkens back to the golden age of Tennessee’s marble industry. The history behind this gorgeous east Tennessee museum and venue is expansive and illustrious, as stunning and intricate as the marble you’ll find on display.
When most people think of Ol' Rocky Top, our deep limestone veins come to mind. Tennessee doesn't have a well-known history as a place to search for marble, but the Candoro gives you a behind-the-scenes view of our east Tennessee history.
You can find The Candoro Arts & Heritage Center on the National Register of Historic Places, and its located in South Knoxville, Tennessee. It inhabits the old buildings and grounds of the Candoro Marble Company, once a bustling industry in the heart of the city.
The Candoro is open every Sunday from 2-5pm, April through October for local history tours. They're free whether you show up on Sunday afternoon or call for an appointment. The venue is also highly popular as a wedding destination, both for its beautiful design elements and affordability.
The Candoro Marble Company was originally designed and styled in the way of Beaux Arts, by architect Charles Barber. The entire exterior of the Candoro was carved out of marble by Albert Milani, and Samuel Yellin completed the ornamental ironwork that graces the property.
The heritage center helped to rescue the Candoro from its rough state once the business shut down, and everything from the roof to the floor, even the plumbing was beautifully restored.
You can visit for yourself at 4450 Candora Avenue in Knoxville, Tennessee, or learn more at www.candoromarble.com. This is a truly underrated Tennessee legacy that you have to see to truly understand and appreciate.
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