Clouston Hall has been a party house from the get-go,” says Gallery 202 co-owner Kelly Harwood, with a grin that stretches as he tells the history of the carousing that’s gone on in the place. “After all, the house was built in 1821 as a second home for entertaining.” Kelly Harwood
Clouston Hall, built circa 1821, is a Federal Style home designed by Joseph Reiff for Edward G. Clouston.
The home was not built as a primary residence, but as a "town home" when the Clouston family spent time in Franklin. Primarily used for parties and political gatherings, it is believed to have hosted at least three U.S. Presidents. Andrew Jackson, James K. Polk and Andrew Johnson. During the Civil War the home was used as a hospital for the Missouri Regiment during the Battle of Franklin.
From 1964 until his death in 2001, the house was owned by Bunn Gray, a local artist. Gray was an accomplished artist known for his flamboyant style and his works purchased by many private galleries including those of Elizabeth Taylor and Neil Simon.
Upon Grays death in 2001, Clouston Hall was acquired by Rusty Womack, a close friend of Gray. A total restoration of the house was started and lasted for 18 months. Now under the ownership of Kelly Harwood, Clouston Hall is the home of Gallery 202. With Womack's attention to detail and a passion for historical architecture, the renovation and preservation project brought Clouston Hall back to it's original glory.