About Us


Historic preservation is a dynamic and powerful tool for placemaking. It is a movement that has proven itself to be broad-based and multi-faceted, focusing on the educational, environmental, cultural, aesthetic, social, and economic impact of historic resources. In other words, it’s all about utilizing built assets of quality and character to their fullest potential in order to foster economic development and enrich the quality of life. Knox Heritage works to protect and raise awareness of what is beautiful and irreplaceable in East Tennessee. 

The Knox Heritage mission is to preserve structures and places of historic or cultural significance for our community.

This mission is fulfilled in seven primary ways: educational programming, preservation advocacy, the Vintage Properties Revolving Fund, special events that connect people to places, the East Tennessee Preservation Alliance, our Salvage Shop, and Historic Westwood.

Established in 1974 as a non-profit historic preservation organization, Knox Heritage is chartered by the state of Tennessee and governed by a board of directors. Membership in the organization is by annual dues, which are tax-deductible, and is comprised of individuals, businesses, and organizations which recognize the importance of historic preservation.


National Wildlife Federation – Certified Wildlife Habitat – Historic Westwood 2019

East Tennessee Historical Society – Preservation Award – Lloyd Branson House Restoration 2017

Advisory Council on Historic Preservation Chairman’s Award – Alexander Inn Guest House Rehabilitation Project 2016

Tennessee Historical Commission – Merit Award for Historic Preservation – Historic Westwood 2015

Knoxville Mercury – Top Knox 2015 Winner – Top Nonprofit Community Group 2015

Keep Knoxville Beautiful – Orchid Award – Historic Westwood 2014

U.S. Green Building Council – LEED for Homes – Platinum – The Green House – 1011 Victorian Way 2014

East Tennessee Historical Society – Award of Distinction – Historic Downtown Walking Tour Brochure 2013

Metropolitan Planning Commission Excellence Award – Restore America Project (renovation/restoration) 2008

Metropolitan Planning Commission Excellence Award – Neighborhood Civic Achievement 2004

Metropolitan Planning Commission Excellence Award – Neighborhood Civic Achievement 2000

Metropolitan Planning Commission Excellence Award – The Houses at 2036 & 2039 Jefferson Avenue (renovation/restoration) 1997