Knox Heritage has been presented with a once-in-a-generation opportunity to put historic preservation in the region on a permanent, solid foundation and help communities throughout East Tennessee reap the benefits of preserving their heritage.
Historic Westwood was donated to Knox Heritage by the Aslan Foundation in order to insure its permanent preservation. The Knoxville landmark, along with Crescent Bend and Bleak House, is one of the “Three Sisters” on Kingston Pike. It will be the catalyst for a transformational plan that provides a permanent home for preservation and the resources required to rescue and protect other historic places across the region for generations.
Knox Heritage has embarked on a $3 million campaign to restore Historic Westwood and to save countless other at-risk properties. With this significant investment of resources and effort, we can achieve an amazing new level of impact that will be felt for years to come.
the campaign goals
- Preserve Historic Westwood for generations to come
- Provide a permanent, self-sustaining, adaptable home for preservation
- Establish a preservation education center for the region
- Create financial stability to ensure preservation efforts continue
The project is already gaining community support. The neighboring Laurel Church of Christ supports this plan and has offered its substantial parking area for events. The Knoxville Museum of Art is assisting with a permanent exhibit featuring the work of Adelia Armstrong Lutz, Historic Westwood’s first resident. Additionally, Knox Heritage plans to make the Historic Westwood facility and grounds available to the public for elegant special occasions, meetings, and retreats to offset ongoing costs.
A Capital Campaign Committee, led by Sharon Miller Pryse, Betsey Bush and Dorothy Stair, is already hard at work securing donations needed to achieve these goals.
We look forward to telling you more about this campaign in 2014, and we will be counting on your support of this worthwhile endeavor. With your help, Knox Heritage will be able to secure the future of the past.