One of the most rewarding parts of my job is getting to share in a family’s story. Whether buying or purchasing a home --- it’s the memories, stories, births, first days of school and the last ones that make a house a home. When I found out that I’d be listing the Art House, I could have pinched myself. While the home is beautiful and unique, it is the family that has dwelled there for the past 25 years, the history of the walls and gardens, the role this home has played in the Bellevue community, and in my own life, that made it such a honor.
Originally built in 1910, Bellevue Methodist Church stood on a rise close to the Harpeth River at 7544 Old Harding Pike, in the heart of Bellevue. By 1933, the church was home to 139 members, and continued to welcome Nashvillians through its doors until 1969, when the church found its new home down the road at 7501 Old Harding Pike.
Twenty-one years later, Grammy Award winning record producer Charlie Peacock and wife and writer, Andi Ashworth, purchased the property, and began renovations to preserve the church while crafting a home for artists and family alike. Charlie built a professional recording studio on site. The family opened the home up for Bible studies, community events, and other get-togethers. A family friend has said- During the years that followed, the Ashworth family embraced me with adoption-like grace and helped usher me into actual adulthood. From the weekly Bible studies of the early years to countless family meals and celebrations, for me, this home represents profound love, community, nurture, authentic spirituality, truth and creativity.
Holding true to the history and architecture of the church, the couple converted the sanctuary to a communal living and gathering space, preserving the original hardwood floors, bead board ceiling, and Gothic windows. Later they added a stacked stone fireplace. This room would continue serving as a sanctuary, a safe gathering place for family and friends to come find their home. “It would be impossible to list the countless, significant, life-altering moments that have happened to me,” another friend says, describing the home.
Thousands of guests, including Bono (U2), The Civil Wars, Mel Gibson, Vince Gill, Keith Urban, Amy Grant, Dierks Bentley, Katy Perry, and Switchfoot have gathered in this space, with the chapel/great room seating up to 90 and cultivating countless stories for the entire community.
Serving as a testament to Charlie and Andi’s passion for creating art in the context of community, the couple built a recording studio wing, which includes two studio control rooms, an isolation room, two half baths, two offices, a sitting room, small kitchenette and two story storage room.
And it doesn’t take long to appreciate the beautiful gardens that the owners created over the years. There is a cottage garden, an urban garden plot with 10 heirloom fruit trees, a fenced vegetable garden, and a shade garden with blooms March- October.
As Charlie and Andi’s time at the Art House concludes, it’s the story of this home and the people that have filled it that will remain. Regardless of where you and I might find ourselves in this story, it is an honor to share this home, this history, and these stories with you.
Please join me next week, May 19th, from 4:00-7:00 PM for an exclusive Open House.