Glen Oak, Circa 1854: A Beautiful and Historic Home
Today, Karin Eaton, founder and CEO of Ironware International, takes us on a virtual tour of her beautiful, historic Nashville home.
Photographs courtesy of Scott Hughes.
My husband, Robin, and I moved to this pre-Civil war house in 1994 with our 3-year-old daughter, Alex. We purchased our home from Tom Ward, who was then Rector of Christ Church. An unusual coincidence is that another rector of Nashville’s Christ Church, the Reverend Charles Tomes, built this house in 1854. He named it Glen Oak, and it is one of the most significant remaining examples of Gothic Revival architecture in Middle Tennessee.
It’s a fun house and a fabulous party house. Glen Oak is home to ghosts, (Alex is acquainted with one), and legends (perhaps a stop on the Underground Railroad). It’s an inspiring house. Glen Oak has a role in Alice Randall’s novel Ada’s Rules and graces the cover of Yo-Yo Ma, Edgar Meyer, and Mark O’Conner’s Appalachian Waltz album. It’s a creative house that provides the perfect oasis for Robin’s songwriting, as well as a constantly evolving showcase for the lighting and furniture designs of my company, Ironware.
Thank you Karin! And thank you, also, to Scott Hughes for your amazing photography.
Undoubtedly, Scott captured the beauty and spirit of Glen Oak. If you are interested in seeing more of Scott’s work, click here. And, read more about Karin and the evolution of Ironware International at this website address: www.1stdibs.com.