Fragile and Fading Structures Near Downtown

May is National Preservation Month. Knox Heritage, our local preservation organization, uses the month to highlight properties which appear to be in real danger of being lost. Previously titled “Fragile Fifteen,” the list is now called the “Fragile and Fading.” The list is a bit shorter, allowing for more concentrated focus. Some of the properties […]

Knox Heritage: New Leadership, New Directions, Same Mission

I’ve recently met with (relatively) new Knox Heritage Executive Director Todd Morgan a couple of times. He stopped into WUTK for a delightful interview on January 6 and then for coffee the next day. Knox Heritage is an important organization as we seek to continue the preservation of the buildings that make this city distinctive and […]

Area Preservation Projects and Road Projects Win Awards

Knox Heritage announced its annual East Tennessee Preservation Awards recognizing “outstanding individuals, organizations and projects contributing to the protection of East Tennessee’s heritage.” As is often the case, several awards went to downtown Knoxville projects. Hopefully, word is spreading about the Knoxville History Project‘s fine work. From publications, to talks and downtown art wraps, their […]

Endangered Properties and Demolitions Continue to Be an Issue in Knoxville

Just when you think we get it, it’s clear we don’t. Surely we understand that what gives downtown Knoxville and surrounding areas its charm is its historic structures, right? We wouldn’t let any more of the properties slip away! That’s a sad memory of a bygone era and we love our older buildings. We’re enlightened. […]

Kim Trent Reflects on Time With Knox Heritage and Looks Forward

Consider for a moment, given the force that Knox Heritage has become: Kim Trent is the only paid director in its history. For eight years she served on the board and when the group grew financial able to hire a director, they turned to her. She has served, until her recent decision to leave the […]