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 […]

Knoxville High School Senior Housing Nears November Opening Date

Just a few short years ago, the old Knoxville High School building was considered in danger of being lost. Built in 1910 and designed by Baumann and Baumann (same as the Andrew Johnson Hotel), the building ceased use as a high school in 1951, subsequently becoming primary administrative offices for the Knoxville City Schools, and […]

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 […]