Mountain Arts Community Center

Mountain Arts Community Center

October 23rd, 2012 in Chattnow Profiles

Facade of the Mountain Arts Community Center.

MOUNTAIN ARTS COMMUNITY CENTER

809 Kentucky Avenue

Signal Mountain, TN 37377

Director: Barb Storm

Email: bstorm@signalmountaintn.gov

Phone: (423) 886-1959

Fax: (423) 886-1991

Website: http://www.signalmountainmacc.org/

The Signal Mountain Grammar School has been a locally historic building since 1926 when the original structure was built. It is built of local materials with some Craftsman Style qualities. The local stone used on the exterior creates a unique look for a school. At the time of construction, the Signal Mountain Grammar School was the only public building on Signal Mountain and, in addition to education, it was utilized as a community center for various civic and religious groups. Garden clubs and local churches held meetings here and the school building housed a public community library. The first church congregation in town, Signal Mountain Presbyterian Church, began meeting at the school in 1926, and met there until the congregation was able to construct a chapel in 1928. With the construction of Nolan Elementary, Signal Mountain Grammar closed its doors in May 1998. A small group of citizens formed a steering committee to research what could be done to ensure the safe-keeping of this historic building. With the support of the Town of Signal Mountain, the Mountain Arts Community Center was developed and today it operates as a division of the Town of Signal Mountain with additional funding via the MACC Foundation. In April 2002, the building was placed on the National Register of Historic Places and is the only public building in the Town of Signal Mountain with this distinction. The historic site is rich with the history of life as we know it today on Signal Mountain and has gone full circle as it continues to serve our community in education while providing a place for community gatherings.