Exploring One of Gay Street’s Most Beautiful and Interesting Buildings: The Mechanics Bank and Trust Building

If you’ve slowed down a bit to consider the various buildings lining Gay Street, you’ve no doubt noticed 612 South Gay. The inscription on the front gives its name: The Mechanics Bank and Trust Building. Even that is an interesting point: Not all buildings have their names inscribed on the front, but they virtually all […]

Knoxville has a Theater District? A brief history of Knoxville’s Theaters: Part Three of Four

As promised last week, here is the continuation of a look at Knoxville’s Theater District by local writer and architect, Oren Yarbrough. If you missed the first two parts, please do yourself a favor and check them out (Part One, Part Two). You’ll never see the “Theater District” sign again and feel the same. Here’s […]

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 […]

Old North Knoxville Victorian Home Tour 2017

Article and Photographs by Megan Venable Sandwiched between Christmas Tea at Colonial Heights and the Christmas Lantern Express train ride the following day was my visit to the Old North Knoxville’s Victorian Holiday Home Tour. As I mentioned previously, I was scheduled to attend with my beloved, along with three other couples from our congregation […]

The Parkridge Historic House Tour: A Visit to Some Remarkable Residences

Article by Lee Zimmerman (Lee has written for No Depression, Billboard Magazine, Relix and others), Photos by Doug Finley A bleak and chilly day in late October may not seem like the most opportune time to undertake a historic house tour, but regardless, when opportunity calls and residents open up their homes for inspection, one […]