Last night a bunch of our closest friends and family convened in the old Marathon Motor Works building to watch the premiere of Nashville Flipped on DIY Network. It couldn’t have been more appropriate either – a show about restoring old homes in one of Nashville’s most historic factories that was recently restored and turned into office spaces, retail, food spots, and a pretty wicked little concert venue.
Before the show started, it was all about taking photos with the stars Troy and Julie. Lots of selfie action was happening. Then, some guy from another show wanted a picture, so Troy and Julie were like, “Okay. Fine.” You’ve probably heard of his show, American Parkers, where two guys drive around the country parking their van different places. They tend to fill their van with antiques, and I’m not totally sure what that has to do with parking, but hey… he seemed like a pretty nice dude.
— Design Thoughts (@kdesignthoughts) April 14, 2016
When the show started at 9PM, everyone bolted for different offices and televisions spread around and watched as Episodes 2, 3 and then 1 aired in succession. Cheers echoed as the Nashville Flipped logo hit the screen, and the first house came into view.
Cool show facts: The house from Episode 2 was built in 1904.
Just to give you some perspective on what was going on 112 years ago…
- The Titanic hadn’t even been built yet.
- The Chicago Cubs had never won a World Series. (They would in 1907 and 1908 – and haven’t since.)
- Giacomo Puccini’s opera “Madama Butterfly” premiered in Milan
- The United States acquired control of the Panama Canal
- The third ever Olympics were held in St. Louis, MO
- The ice cream cone was invented
Hold please. This house was built when the ice cream cone was invented. Maybe that’s why it’s so… sweet. (*Audible groans heard – moving on then…*)
It’s hard to describe if you weren’t there, but being around Troy and Julie, especially in the old Marathon building, it gives you a real sense of appreciation for the homes, and the history they represent. When you really think about it, that house from Episode 2, it was probably on some person’s design board in 1901 or something. There was a person trying to think about the little touches of how to make the porch look, and how dinner parties would happen – in 1904.
This might even blow your mind a little – the ceiling fan as we know it, with a ball joint and switches, was invented in 1884 by Phillip Diehl, but didn’t even hit the market until 1904. So that house probably was really (really) hot in the summer time. If you’re ever wondering why all these old Nashville houses have such beautiful and detailed work on the porches, it’s because their owners spent a lot of time there. Central air conditioning didn’t start arriving in homes until 1914.
Next time we party, we’re going to hire a cool DJ. Maybe this little guy?