Chattanooga's Stove Works providing live-in residencies for artists

New facility offers opportunity for patrons to name everyday objects after themselves or a loved one

THUMBNAIL: Photo by Barry Courter / At the end of the long hallway is the kitchen/communal space where the artists-in-residence can cook and gather together.

A year ago, Charlotte Caldwell walked through the former Tennessee Stove and Manufacturing site on Holtzclaw Avenue describing to a reporter her vision for the 55,000-square-foot building she bought in 2017. The building was once home to Tennessee Coffin and Casket Co. and later the stove business founded by her great-great-grandfather, J.L. Caldwell, that is now known as Modern Maid.

She bought the building for sentimental and philanthropic reasons, but at the time it was literally a shell of its former glory. Caldwell, who has a background in art administration, saw the potential, however. As she walked through the space, which was little more than brick walls, she described then how it would one day be used by contemporary artists from around the world who would come here to work in a communal atmosphere with other artists at no charge to them.