Knox Heritage Honors the Best Preservation Work From the Last Year: Who Won and Why Do Old Buildings Matter?

Last night Knox Heritage held its annual celebration of the best work done in the cause of preservation in the past year. The celebration is always held in the Bijou Theatre and for good reason, beyond the obvious spectacular nature of the space. Plans to demolish the Bijou Theatre in 1974 brought together a group 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 […]

Knox Heritage Art and Salvage Shop Moves, Improves – and Needs Your Help

When Knox Heritage made its move from the Carriage House to its new location at Westwood, attention turned to finding a new location for the salvage room. Huddled in a very small portion of the carriage house, it had gone from being impossible to workable, but insufficient. With the lease expiring, Knox Heritage, and Beth […]