Photo provided by Stephanie Richer.
What Is Candoro?
The Candoro Arts & Heritage Center is an historical property now dedicated to the preservation of the culture and heritage of East Tennessee, South Knoxville, and most specifically the surrounding neighborhood known as Vestal. The center consists of buildings and grounds that once belonged to the Candoro Marble Company and are now on the National Register of Historic Places. Today, art and art-related themes are the underpinning for all the creative goings-on at Candoro Marble’s main building. It is a setting that unites the power of art and the beauty of architecture.
While currently Candoro is open only on Sundays from 2-5 p.m. for free tours (April - October), or by appointment, the Board of Directors is working to staff the site for regular visitors. Candoro can currently be booked for weddings and other events. The Candoro Marble Company building was designed by the famous architect Charles Barber in the architectural style known as Beaux Arts. The exterior of the building is marble and features carved marble and stonework by sculptor Albert Milani. The ornamental ironwork decorating the main entrance is by Samuel Yellin, the most notable artisan of iron during the 20th Century.
Through the Aslan Foundation, the Candoro Arts & Heritage Center is supported by a Board of Directors and volunteers working to preserve the history of the building, honor the legacy of the Vestal and the history of the Marble City, and continue outreach efforts in the South Knoxville community.
Trudy Monaco saw the Candoro Marble building in dilapidation and rallied a group of volunteers who raised money to restore the roof, the walls, the floor, the electrical, the plumbing...everything! Over the course of 15 years, several fundraising dinners were held and the annual Vestival Festival, which brought the community together to celebrate the Vestal community and the legacy of the Tennessee Pink Marble industry.