Saving the Lloyd Branson House - Follow Our Progress
Knox Heritage and the City of Knoxville are working together to ensure a bright future for the culturally significant Lloyd Branson House. The house was originally built in 1922 for prominent Knoxville artist Lloyd Branson, but had been declared blighted by the City and recently included in the annual Knox Heritage Fragile Fifteen list of endangered historic places. Initial funding for the project will come from the Knox Heritage J. Allen Smith Endangered Properties Fund which was originally initiated with contributions from a private donor and the 1772 Foundation.
Enoch Lloyd Branson (1853–1925) was best known for his portraits of Southern politicians and depictions of early East Tennessee history. One of the most influential figures in Knoxville’s early art circles, Mr. Branson was a mentor to fellow Knoxville artist Catherine Wiley and is credited with discovering twentieth-century portraitist Beauford Delaney. He operated a popular portrait shop with photographer Frank McCrary on Gay Street and is responsible for the development of the neighborhood in which this home is located, serving as the planner and builder for many homes on the street. Originally named Rhode Island Avenue, the street name was changed to Branson Avenue by the City of Knoxville to recognize his cultural contributions.
Knox Heritage was able to purchase the home through the City of Knoxville’s Homemaker program which seeks buyers for properties needing significant renovation. The nonprofit preservation organization will transform the property into a beautiful three bedroom home and seek a new owner. Donations of design services and materials will assist with the project and a historic preservation easement will be added, ensuring the property will be a neighborhood asset for years to come. Educational workshops and tours will be held during the renovation.
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Did you know Branson was part of the Nicholson Art League with Historic Westwood’s Adelia Lutz? This is one reason why this project is extra special to Knox Heritage.
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Many individuals, organizations and businesses are making this project possible. We wish to express sincere gratitude for donations of time, money and supplies to the following:
City of Knoxville Preservation Fund
The Lloyd Branson Family
Chapman Family Foundation
Valspar and the National Trust for Historic Preservation
Dayton’s Pest Control
Knox Heritage Vintage Properties Committee
Brian Pittman, original design concept