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DESCENDENT OF MODERN MAID EMPIRE AIMS TO START RESIDENTIAL ART PROGRAM IN OLD STOVE WAREHOUSE

Gallery: Descendent of Modern Maid empire aims to start residential art program in old stove warehouse +6 more photos Charlotte Caldwell's father, grandfather and great-grandfather made their fortune manufacturing stoves in Chattanooga - most famously with Modern Maid, a brand that was built here and sold in all 50 states. At its peak in the 1970s, the Caldwell family's Tennessee Stove Works employed more than 700 people at a 10-acre site south of the Chattanooga National Cemetery. And now part of the old stove-making facility is back in family hands. Charlotte Caldwell bought a 75,000-square-foot complex of buildings on three acres between E. 13th and E. 14th streets just west of South Holtzclaw Avenue that she plans to turn into "Stove Works," a nonprofit artist-in-residency program supported by private businesses, such as a microbrewery. "There's no chance that this is going to fail - only because it has to succeed," said Caldwell, who in March paid $750,000 - or about $10 a square foot - to buy the property from Top Flight, Inc. She figures it will cost between $3 million and $5 million to make all the renovations required in the sprawling complex of buildings that range in age ...

News source: Times Free Press

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