The Marty Stuart Congress of Country Music will celebrate the rich cultural heritage of country music through live musical performance, educational programming and a collection of more than 20,000 artifacts and memorabilia. The campus includes the historic Ellis Theater, exhibition space, classrooms, a community hall, meeting and event space, and a rooftop performance venue.
The Ellis Theater, built in 1926, will be completely restored to serve as a performance theater and multi-purpose event space with millwork tracery wood detailing and the original marquee. The Community Hall is designed with a church-like presence to invoke Marty’s passion for Gothic architecture.. Clad in zinc shingles, the Exhibit Hall will house the collection of artifacts. The Radio Control Booth will capture oral histories, interviews and live broadcasts. Additional project details include a 20 ft hand-leaded stained glass window, commemorative stone tablets featuring artists’ quotes, a hand-stacked stone fireplace, a production room, reclaimed wood beams from Marty’s personal salvage collection, limestone statues, and custom lighting.