508 Bank Street, NE

Tucked away in a quiet alcove off Bank Street between Cherry and Walnut Streets in Old Decatur, Bank Street Green awaits.

A varied history of the property would belie the value it holds in its present lush state.

In 1888, the property was the Decatur Livery and Transfer Company, the forerunner of a taxi service. After that, a photo studio at the turn of the century, a Meadow Gold ice cream cold storage in the 1920s and an auto sales business in the 40s.

Then local business owners Ellis and Carol Chenault acquired the prime property in 2008. Big changes were in store.

With the intention of giving Decatur residents a quaint venue for all types of outdoor events—without having to drive out of the city, the Chenaults set to work. They installed a large gazebo as focal point and enlisted the help of landscape designer Sam Barnett to make the location sing. Commissioning artist Jackie Goode Briscoe to paint a mural for each bricked-up window opening and door that faced the green as part of the building beside was a stroke of genius. The bricked-up doorway has a special surprise for the close observer. Since this transformation, this serene spot has been the ideal urban setting for weddings, receptions, corporate functions, reunions and theatrical productions.

On the evening of December 12, Bank Street Green will be illuminated for the Historic Decatur Christmas Tour and a Christmas tree erected in memory of John Black, past president of the Old Decatur Association and local Christmas Tour volunteer extraordinaire, will further brighten the scene. Black died earlier this year. Visitors to Bank Street Green on that evening are invited to pin a penned memory of John Black to the tree to memorialize the man for whom the yearly tour was the embodiment of the city’s beloved historic districts—special, enduring, magical.

Make plans to visit this little bit of heaven in the heart of downtown Decatur. Experience this charming event center which is all at once urban, cool, lush and ready for the next soirée.