Knoxville Has a Theater District? A Brief History of Knoxville’s Theaters: Part Four of Four

Here is the final part of Oren Yarbrough’s four part series on Knoxville’s rich history with theatres. If you haven’t already done so, please check out the first three (Part One, Part Two, Part Three). It’s really a rich and wonderful tapestry Oren has woven so beautifully. I should also point out that these great […]

A First Look at Designs for The Residences at Pryor Brown

Preliminary designs have been released for the Pryor Brown Garage as it shifts to The Residences at Pryor Brown. Things can change, so take these for what they are, but they are likely a close representation of the finished product we’ll see at the end of the project. The architect of record is Faris Eid […]

Take a Sentimental Journey: Parkridge Home Tour 2015

The Parkridge Home Tour fell at the same time as the Open Streets event making for a conundrum of sorts for me and a number of others. Each started at 1:00 PM, though the Parkridge event lasted two hours longer, ending at 6:00 PM. Both are integral to what this site has become about: Better […]

Blount Mansion: Hidden Treasure in Plain Sight

I get the impression that people just generally don’t consider one of the most interesting – and one of the oldest sites in the city. Blount Mansion has been around since 1792, though not exactly in its current form. Very few other downtown buildings date to the period: James White’s Home (which has been deconstructed […]

Raising a Glass to George Barber and Restoring His Final Home

One hundred years ago last month, George and Laura Barber died within nine days of each other while living in a small home in Parkridge. A snow-delayed dinner party was held in that home last week to mark the anniversary. That 1701 Glenwood (then Coleman) was actually their home was a part of local lore. […]