Cheekwood | May 21 – September 4

by Emily Blake/ May 2016

At some point in our lives, we all have envisioned ourselves jumping between places, bending reality to our desires of worldly travel, and living unrestrained by the laws of time and space. International Playhouses resonates with this innocent wanderlust, creating a magical realm of fanciful playhouses where dreamlike travel and play are possible.

Edinburgh Castle - ESa

Edinburgh Castle inspired by Scotland, design firm: Earl Swensson Associates

Drawing inspiration from the voyages of the Cheek family, the playhouses cleverly embody the cultures of the represented countries. “The bold colors and patterns of India, the castles of Scotland, the cathedrals of Spain, the mastery of Japanese design . . . It is fascinating to see how each designer interpreted the Cheek family’s travel and followed their own unique vision and inspiration,” said Brian Downey, director of exhibitions. As a result, families can take a grand world tour without leaving the gardens of Cheekwood.

For consideration in the exhibit, local architects from the Nashville area collaborated with the American Institute of Architects Middle Tennessee to design their travel-inspired, large-scale outdoor playhouses. Based on creativity, interactivity, visual appeal, aesthetics, and family appeal, a panel of judges chose the winning six playhouses for the exhibit. Equipped with umbrella roofs, swings, castles, and slides, these playhouses best embody educational, interactive, adventurous, and worldly travel for the entire family to explore.

Beginning May 21 and running through September 4, families will be able to explore the whimsical worlds of International Playhouses at Cheekwood, located on the historic Cheek estate. For more information, visit

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