The history of the Bluff View Art District

Location: 400 block of East 2nd Street. Located on the stone cliffs on the south side of the Tennessee River downtown, the district stretches over 1.5 blocks between the Hunter Museum of Art and the Veterans Bridge. Early settlers on the site were nicknamed "cliff dwellers."

Owners: Dr. Charles and Mary Portera

History: The Porteras bought the Newell Home in 1991 and have developed Chattanooga's first art district over the past 25 years by buying adjacent properties in the historic neighborhood and developing a sculpture garden, plaza and courtyards, along with restaurants, a coffee shop, an art gallery and a Bed & Breakfast


* River Gallery art studio opened in 1992.

* Bluff View Inn opened in 1993 in the former C.G. Mansion and added the T.C. Thompson house in 1994.

* Bluff View Restaurant, later changed to Ledoux's, and Back Inn Cafe opened in 1993.

* Rembrandt's Coffee House in 1994.

* Tony's Pasta Shop and Trattoria opened in 1994.

* Renaissance Commons executive conference center opened in 1996.

* Maclellan House was added at the Bluff View Inn in 1997.

* River Gallery Glass Studio opened underneath the Bocce Court Terrace, later replaced by Rembrand's Roasting Co.

* Bluff View Bakery opened across from the River Gallery Sculpture Garden in 2004.

Products: At Bluff View Art District features a variety of artists and chefs who prepare products by hand to produce art works, specialty breads, roasted coffees, pastries and hand-pulled pastas, and Chattanooga Whiskey Coffee, which is aged in Chattanooga Whiskey barrels.

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