The Foundry on the Fair Site
747 World's Fair Site Drive
Knoxville, TN 37902
Built in 1875, The Foundry was originally established as a post civil-war facility to cast railroad spikes and nails from cannon balls. In later years the building burned down, but was rebuilt and reconditioned to host events for the 1982 World’s Fair. Now on the Historic Registry, The Foundry is steeped in the rich traditions of East Tennessee and is admired and beloved by the local community. Although the furnace no longer burns, The Foundry is still the perfect venue for a bride and groom to cast their first memories together as a couple.
The Foundry can accommodate up to 600 wedding guests, but effortlessly maintains an intimate atmosphere. The Foundry owners have meticulously preserved many elements of the original ironworks facility. Beautiful stained hardwood floors rest between earthen brown and red bricks and cream-colored stonewalls. Above, the night sky is brought inside; The high-vaulted ceiling is draped with velvety blue panels and rows upon rows of delicate lights hang from the wrought-iron rafters, mimicking the stars above. Guests dine beneath wrought iron chandeliers, and cozy up to an oversized fireplace with a magnificent arched stone mantle.
The Foundry offers a wide variety of menu options to meet the taste of even the most discerning palate. The in-house catering director works closely with each couple to select every menu item, from exquisite hors d’oeuvres to signature Foundry dishes and mouthwatering desserts. The Foundry staff has established a reputation for striving to make each wedding an individual experience, and as unique as the building itself. For more information, please call The Foundry at 865.546.8656.