The Curb Center is housed in the Pullen Mansion at the corner of 18th and Edgehill Avenues (read a fascinating history of land wars, personality clashes, and the creation of the Peabody campus here). The home and its land were purchased in 1925 and converted into 9 luxurious married student apartments,. Later, the building was renovated to house the George Peabody College for Teachers’ President until 1979, when the college formally merged with Vanderbilt.
The Curb Center has called the mansion home since 2010. We have a number of spaces which can be used by students, faculty, staff and the Vanderbilt community at large. These spaces are ideally suited for small meetings,conferences, workshops, special occasions and maker events.
Some of our spaces require the user to complete a one-time equipment training session before use. All rooms and user training can be booked through our online reservation system or by contacting Kimberly Kane or Christine Claffey.
Keeping safe distancing guidelines in mind, we have updated capacity to ensure safety guidelines can be met going forward. All of our rooms have WiFi capacity and include:
- THE GALLERY (safe-distancing capacity – 6)
Our gallery space is at the front of our building. In it’s former life it served as the parlour of the home and now showcases work from our current art installation. With large windows looking out onto the intersection of Edgehill &18th Avenues, this warm and inviting room includes a large and small table with chairs, easy chairs, and a bench. This room does not include a projector or screen.
- THE READING ROOM (safe-distancing capacity – 6)
Having previously seen service as a formal dining room, the reading room is a relaxed and quiet space which also showcases work from our featured installation. The large windows look out onto a garden area. The room has a large table with chairs and easy chairs and tables which can be arranged for a variety of purposes. This room does not include a projector or screen.
- THE YAMADA CONFERENCE ROOM (safe-distancing capacity14)
Yamada is one of the center’s most flexible rooms, since it can be set up in a variety of ways. It looks out onto 18th Avenue South and includes tables and chairs and features full AV capabilities.
- THE WORKSHOP (safe-distancing capacity 14)
Available after noon each day, the workshop space provides the flexibility needed for informal meetings, maker events, presentations, and workshops. The space contains work tables, chairs, easy chairs and whiteboards and features full AV capabilities.
In addition to the central meeting space there are four studio spaces rooms which can be reserved by the Vanderbilt and local community. Note that a one-time training session is required before using any of these spaces for the first time.
- FIBER ARTS STUDIO
This room is dedicated to the fiber arts, including sewing, embroidery, yarn, and felt. The room is equipped with sewing machines, ironing boards, irons, mannequins and all basic sewing tools. This room is managed by Curb Administrative Manager Kimberly Kane, who provides training for all equipment to first-time users.
- CURB STUDIO
This room is dedicated to making and recording music and song and is equipped with all basic recording tools, including a mixer board, music and editing software, microphones and some instruments. This room is managed by Curb Scholar Brett Koolik, who provides training for all equipment to first-time users.
- VIDEO STUDIO
This room is dedicated to making and editing video and comes equipped will all basic recording and editing equipment and software. This room is managed by Curb Scholar Brent Salazar-Szulak, who provides training for all equipment to first-time users.
- PODCAST STUDIO
Our newest space is dedicated to podcasting and comes equipped with microphones and recording equipment and software. This room is managed by Program Coordinator Christine Claffey, who provides training for all equipment to first-time users.
Oil on Canvas
Gretchen Moll (2018)
Curb’s ArtLab Vanderbilt Installation