Even in the Quietest Parts of Downtown . . .

  It’s easy to fall into the trap of looking only at the shiniest, most exciting or prominent projects. It’s hard to miss the big things happening, such as the old KUB/new Tombras building, the Marriott Hotel construction on State and Church, the Pryor Brown Garage, the Regas Square project. All of them are pushing […]

Downtown Knoxville Retailer, Rala, Announces Move to Old City

As I talked with Nanci Solomon, owner of Rala, and long time owner of Reruns, she pointed out that she opened Rala the same month I started writing this blog: June of 2010. At the time, she also operated Reruns, which later moved from 2 Market Square to a location down Union in the Daylight […]

What is Historic Preservation?

The 2014 version of the Knox Heritage Preservation Awards took place last night in the Bijou Theatre. The setting itself is significant because our city’s modern preservation efforts first coalesced around the effort to preserve the Bijou Theatre about forty years ago. How hard is it to imagine no Bijou Theatre? It nearly happened. Looking […]

A Final Look at Tailor Lofts

I’ve probably not been given the opportunity to follow any building more closely than that afforded to me by Daniel Odle of Conversion Properties at Tailor Lofts. When I first toured the building, I couldn’t keep from calling it the “Arby’s Building” because of the business that had operated there for so long. That seems […]

Two Magnificent Homes: Mary Boyce Temple House and Glencoe Penthouse

  This is going to be more of a photo essay of these two beautiful residences. This will be the final post centered on the City People Downtown Home Tour 2013. The first I’ll spotlight is the Mary Boyce Temple House. I first wrote about this lovely home in September 2010 – just over three […]