upcoming events

May 7, 2019

Beverly Hall

Annual Meeting

 This year's Annual Meeting will take us to the historic Beverly Hall at 1560 Central Avenue. This event welcomes Decorative Arts Trust members at all levels to meet new board members and to learn the plans for fall programming.

The Colonial Revival mansion known as Beverly Hall is a prized historic landmark owned by Dr. Ben Wheeler. This splendid home built in 1905 was designed by Kentucky architect W. J. Dodd and constructed by the local firm of Joes and Furbringer in what is now the Central Gardens area. Its first owner christened it "Greenwood" but it was renamed "Beverly Hall" in 1913 by its second owner Mrs. Lelia Robinson Boyd in honor of her paternal grandfather, William Beverly Robinson. There were eight further owners, including one who left it mostly vacant for 20 years, before being purchased by Ben Wheeler.  Wheeler undertook massive restoration efforts over a period of almost a decade.

Come at 6:30 to tour the house and join on the patio for refreshments, drinks, and entertainment.

RSVPs are required. Please email Van Thompson at evthompson22@outlook.com by May 3rd to let us know you will join the fun. If you do not have access to email, you may call 901-272-0797 and leave a message.


Location: 1560 Central Avenue

Contact: Nancy Willis

May 11, 2019

Ray Booth

DAT Brings Ray Booth to Art By Design

Decorative Arts Trust will team with ArtsMemphis to provide a glamorous finale to Art By Design, the wildly successful fundraiser now in its fourth year. You'll want to join the festivities for a Champagne Brunch with featured speaker interior designer Ray Booth.

Booth is a partner in the prestigious McALPINE firm and divides his time between New York and Nashville. Trained as an architect, he is known for his distinctly elegant spaces that exude modernism while reflecting a sense of place and history. Whether in a new home or one with a history, Booth applies a fresh vision for today's living. His work has received notice in Architectural Digest, Elle Decor, and Veranda magazines.

You'll be greeted at the entrance with champagne and a signed copy of Ray Booth: Evocative Interiors. You may take in the more than twenty designer vignettes or sip champagne while perusing the book before brunch is served. Seating is at round tables and groups of ten may reserve a table together.

Tickets to the event are $125 and includes entry to ALL general admission events. Tickets may be purchased by clicking on the link below. You may also purchase tickets at the ArtsMemphis office at 575 S. Mendenhall or call 901-578-2787.


Location: Pipkin Building, Mid-south Fairgrounds off East Parkway

Contact: Gail George, 901-753-4060

Sept 21, 2019


September at Constancia

Decorative Arts Trust will launch its fall schedule with an event on the farm of Anne and Bayard Snowden in northeast Shelby County.  This event will provide a chance to reconnect with DAT friends after the summer break and to learn about some of the programs and events planned in the coming year.

The Snowden home 'Constantia' was inspired by the home and vineyard of Groot Constantia in Capetown, South Africa. The home is a Cape Dutch style which was adapted by architect John Mallard. Anne grew up in Durban, South Africa, and husband Bayard grew to love the architecture of Cape Province when he came to visit. The home is sited on a former cattle farm where they've raised horses that have competed in dressage and carriage drives. Anne promises carriage rides around the property weather permitting.

Watch this listing for further information.

Location: Collierville-Arlington Road

Contact: Nancy Willis, 901-483-4200

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