Greco. Roman. Vegas.
These words set the backdrop for THE 300, an upscale executive suite located in the old Fleetwood Coffee building (ca. 1893) in historic downtown Chattanooga. This 3400 square foot loft exemplifies how architectural principles and design from antiquity can still capture our imagination while being blended seamlessly with the most up to date appliances, appointments and smart home technology.
The dazzling entry gallery, comprised of hand trowled venetian plaster arches and aged limestone Corinthian grape leaf columns, brings the guest (yes, you can reserve a night here) into the suite. Your attention is immediately drawn to the mahogany stained heart pine floors, reclaimed from the old coffee factory, and used not just as the predominant flooring material of the unit, but also milled into the beautifully crafted doors and cabinetry which you’ll see as you continue your tour. Pass by the butler’s pantry, complete with 1000-bottle climate controlled wine cellar and Sub-Zero fridge, and then across to the Vaudeville inspired powder room where a life size mural of Sylvia Thorne, the American Venus and hurdy gurdy icon who performed in the Schubert theater located in the building in the early 1900’s, greets you.
The termination of the entry colonnade brings you into the main entertainment area, featuring the 24-foot long backlit honey onyx Serpent Bar with a full commercial Viking kitchen behind. Designed with a mixture of cut venetian plaster, stamped tin and travertine, the kitchen/bar area is set off by the exposed pine ceiling rafters and sand blasted red brick walls of the original structure. The words “il fuocci della nuestra immaginazione deve illuminare nuestra alma” (the fires of our imagination shall illuminate our soul) cut out of polished brass are embedded, appropriately, in the concrete hearth at the base of the also backlit honey onyx wood-burning fireplace.
Continuing on through the main entertainment area, you pass under an elegant Turkish arch and into the Byzantine styled dining room. Dark suede plastering, smoke tinged ceilings and arched sitting alcoves create a warm sultry atmosphere where appetite and conversation are equally stimulated.
Heavy drapes over one corner of the dining room conceal the door to the master suite, where the television that drops down from the ceiling (with just a simple command) becomes just a passing nicety as you enter the master bath where the tub soon becomes the star. The aptly named, Maximus, a 4-foot by 7-foot luxury bathing vessel, complete with colored lights, aromatherapy and filled from above by an electronic valve, is sunken into the travertine floor to its full 3-foot depth. A full walk in steam shower and his and her vanities with Indian sandstone lavatories complete the master bath appointments.
Interestingly enough, the crowning jewel of the suite is usually not noticed until you make your way back toward the front gallery. In what was once the old elevator shaft, the Hero’s Terrace awaits. Located on the outside corner of the Fleetwood building itself, so it’s open on two sides, the Hero’s Terrace is a 13-foot tall venetian and limestone plastered dome, lit with color phasing LED lights and hovering over a one of a kind, Grecian tiled mosaic. This breathtaking labor of love features heroes of the ancient world, Perseus, Odysseus, Bellaphron and Hercules, and is bordered by the night sky, revealing the phases of the moon and GPS correct compass headings. Four Corinthian columns support the dome and frame your view of towering Lookout Mountain and the famous Chattanooga Choo Choo in the distance.
Lastly, two additional bedrooms, one of which has a hideaway Murphy bed so it can also be used as a conference room, complete with a state of the art A/V system for a power point presentation or for HD movie watching, and the other with a friendly kids loft, round the suite out as a fully operational live, work and play space that leaves nothing for want.
The level of construction and design has attracted many national celebrities and business leaders to stay at The 300 when they pass thorough Chattanooga.
For more information or reservations, please contact Gerald McCormick;
Fleetwood Development LLC, Real Estate Management & Brokerage