2014 Fragile Fifteen Announcement - May 15th 11:00AM


Announcement To Be Held at Oakwood School, a former Fragile 15 Property Now Being Restored

On Thursday, May 15, at 11:00 a.m., Knox Heritage will announce its 2014 list of the most endangered historic buildings and places in Knoxville and Knox County – The Fragile Fifteen. The announcement will take place at the former Oakwood School, 232 E. Churchwell Avenue. The public is invited to attend this announcement.

The announcement is being held at the former Oakwood School because it represents how the Fragile 15 list and the work of Knox Heritage can raise awareness about endangered historic properties and bring to bear the resources and partnerships required to save them. The former Oakwood School languished on the endangered list for several years and suffered a roof collapse in one wing of the building before Knox County officials and Knox Heritage collaborated to identify a new owner to rescue the iconic neighborhood building. The school is now being restored as a state of the art senior assistive living facility by Family Pride Corporation. The building will be open for tours after the announcement of this year’s Fragile 15 list.

Every May during National Preservation Month, Knox Heritage releases its list of the most endangered historic buildings and places in order to educate the public and local leaders about the plight of significant historic resources. Often, the endangered buildings and places are representative of issues that endanger similar parts of our heritage across the community.

The historic places included on the list are selected by the Knox Heritage Board of Directors from nominations received from members of Knox Heritage and the general public. The list provides a work plan for the organization over the next 12 months. Preservation strategies are developed for each site on the list and can include working with current property owners, government officials, citizens and/or potential new owners to preserve these important parts of Knox County’s heritage.

Knox Heritage is committed to acting as an advocate for the endangered properties we identify each year. We invite the community to join our efforts to save our endangered heritage through advocacy and action. For more information on how to get involved, visit knoxheritage.org, send an email to info@knoxheritage.org or call (865) 523-8008.