Knoxville College: Endangered and Haunting

I promised I would get back to Knoxville College. When I first set out to write about the Knox Heritage Fragile Fifteen, I intended to include Knoxville College with the others. I know I’ve photographed it before, but I couldn’t put my hands on the photographs, so I walked around campus to replace the old […]

Endangered Buildings in and Near Downtown

Each spring, during National Preservation Month, Knox Heritage announces its, “Fragile Fifteen.” The list highlights buildings – or sometimes areas – that are endangered. Often neglected and in need of intervention to avoid demolition or simply collapsing on their own, the list is a chance to bring the buildings, once more, into public consciousness in […]

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. […]