Built in 1905, this iconic home is one of Chattanooga’s most recognizable abodes. Its Spanish-mission flair makes for a memorable landmark, while its symmetry and old-world craftsmanship signify the home’s sophistication.
By Katie Faulkner | Photography by Philip Slowiak
Paula and David Shuford are only the fourth owners of this home in 114 years. They’ve lived in it for nearly 30 years and have shared many happy memories here. “We had two sons and when we got pregnant with our daughter, Savannah, we decided it was time to find a larger home that could accommodate our growing family,” Paula explains. “We were looking in this area because it’s the perfect location. It’s within walking distance to our church and so many of our family and friends.”
After deciding to make the house their home, Paula and David set out to restore many of the home’s features to their original glory. “A lot of the woodwork and several of the fireplaces had been painted over the years. We just wanted to take them back to how they would’ve been originally. We had all the woodwork stripped, sanded, and refinished, had several of the fireplaces stripped, and organized the rooms as close to what they had been originally as possible.” With help from Jimmy Adams of Nell’s Home, Gift, & Interior Design, Paula and David transformed the style of their historic home into an updated and contemporary take on the elegantly traditional aesthetics.
Walking in the sparkling cut-glass front door, the foyer is incredibly impressive. The restored wood paneling, banister, and beams stretch and twist upward, drawing the eye toward the dazzling crystal and gold chandelier.