Local Landmark Receives New Life

Southern Accents Architectural Antiques Renovations on “The Green House”, as it is affectionately known by Cullmanites, are complete and the quaint cottage has happy new tenants. This house, which was built around 1874, stood empty for about 20 years, almost entirely consumed with vine and foliage growth. Southern Accents owner, Garlan Gudger, purchased the house in 2009 with a goal of renovating and reviving this Cullman landmark. The ongoing process of cleaning out and restoring the house was expedited last April when a large area of downtown Cullman was heavily damaged and/or destroyed by tornadoes. The house was spared, but because of roof damage, renovation and repair efforts were kicked into high gear.  The new tenant, Karen McCluskey, owner of The Candle Garden, was recently awarded a 2012 Beautification Award for Outstanding Contribution to the Community for Most Improvement. Karen worked with Garlan during the renovation project, readying the house as the new location for her candle and gift shop. The facelift is complete and the house is absolutely charming inside and out!

Southern Accents Cullman Alabama Southern Accents Cullman Alabama The Candle Garden moved into The Green House just last month. Previously located in a spacious 100 year old home on 2nd Ave, this lovely shop has been a staple in Cullman for the past 14 years. Karen has suffered through several health issues recently including a battle with cancer and felt the need to downsize her business. The Green House offered her a more manageable sized shop, it had an upstairs room that could be used for her ongoing painting classes and the location in the heart of downtown Cullman could not have been more perfect.

Much of the inside renovation was done using salvaged wood and architectural antiques.  Walk into the shop and one of the first features you will notice is the wainscoting in the front room. We took antique wainscoting salvaged from the stairway of the Gay House in Montgomery and installed it below the chair railing in the front room.Southern Accents Architectural Antiques Old doors were cut and installed on the bottom half of the wall in what is now “The Candle Room” to create a unique look. You’ll also notice the beautiful floors which are restored and re purposed antique wood. As you make your way upstairs you will see the old barn wood used on the walls and ceiling.

Visit our Past Projects page to view enlargements of The Green House renovation pictures. If you are planning a trip to Southern Accents a stop by The Candle Garden to tour “The Green House” is a must! Please tell Karen that we sent you!


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