2017 Stars of Knoxville Preservation Announced

A mixture of buildings and the people who brought them back to life were honored last night by Knox Heritage. Kim Trent, Executive Director, presided over what will be her last awards ceremony, as she has announced her intentions to leave the organization after the first of the year. Ken Stein, President and CEO of […]

City Council Votes to Impose Historic Protection on Cal Johnson Building

City Council meetings sometimes provide a bit of drama and such was the case last night when it considered placing the Cal Johnson Building under historic zoning or H1 protection. Essentially, this means it cannot be easily demolished by current or future owners. It also typically means that redevelopment must follow sometimes difficult and involved […]

Sometimes the Good Guys Win: Knox Heritage Fantastic Fifteen Awards

Once a year Knox Heritage celebrates local preservation victories and recognizes the people who had a hand in those victories. Last night the event took place at the Standard and featured a number of awards, along with an interesting presentation by Thompson Mayes, Vice President and Senior Counsel for the National Trust for Historic Preservation. […]

An Anniversary for two Missing Buildings and an Empty Lot

Yesterday an anniversary of sorts passed without so much as a thought. It’s something that some people would rather be forgotten. It’s something that only the most spiteful among us might be interested in celebrating. I think it is worth remembering and taking note. For those of you who didn’t read this blog two years […]

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. […]