July 13, 2018

Preservation Personals: Modern Amenities Meet Historic Elegance in a Tennessee Greek Revival

  • By: Rebecca Gale

Enjoy all the elegance of Paris on this side of the Atlantic! I am a grand, fully restored and remodeled 1848 Greek Revival home with beautiful interiors and a fascinating history. I sit on a landscaped 1.3-acre lot in downtown Paris, a charming city located in northwestern Tennessee, which hosts the world’s biggest fish fry every year and—appropriately for its name—boasts a 70-foot replica of the Eiffel Tower.

While my columned exterior oozes neoclassical flair, my tastefully remodeled interior gleams with modern finishes and luxurious amenities, crowned with sophisticated historic details. My open concept kitchen and den space is perfect for offering Southern hospitality, with vaulted ceilings, huge windows, cream cabinets, and an enormous granite island.

My modern luxury continues into the master suite, which features two walk-in closets and a bathroom with a double vanity, shower, and whirlpool tub. I keep comfort and company in mind with a screened-in porch, formal dining room, and guest room wet bar.

I haven’t forgotten my roots, though: I proudly flaunt original hardwood floors, doors, fireplaces, transoms, and staircase. All this is finished off with elegant crown moldings, artful fireplace surrounds, and large built-ins.

If you like a house with a good story behind it, I have a couple. Rumor has it that I was once home to the son of Davey Crockett. Whether or not that’s true is my little secret, but I can also boast that I may come with a bit of a luck: On my grounds, E.W. Grove created his famous beverage “Grove’s Tasteless Chill Tonic," a sweet-tasting quinine water that earned him millions.

If you’re looking for a mesh of modern and historic flair in a delightful historic downtown, read more about me here.

Exterior shot of a Greek Revival home in Paris, Tennessee

photo by: Carrye Jackson

Paris, Tennessee 38242.

Interior shot of open concept kitchen and den in a historic Greek Revival home in Paris, Tennessee

photo by: Carrye Jackson

The airy open concept kitchen and den is perfect for offering Southern hospitality to friends and family.

Interior shot of a sitting room in a historic Greek Revival home in Paris, Tennessee

photo by: Carrye Jackson

Sophisticated historic charm comes through in every room with elegant fireplace surrounds, window moldings, and built-ins.

Rebecca Gale is an Editorial Intern at the National Trust. In her spare time, you can find her visiting local museums, photographing historic buildings, or playing guitar.

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