2021 Preservation Awards

KNOX HERITAGE ANNOUNCES 2021 EAST TENNESSEE PRESERVATION AWARDS

East Tennessee is rich with history and interesting places. Each year, Knox Heritage and the East Tennessee Preservation Alliance recognize outstanding persons, projects and organizations working to preserve our heritage for future generations. This year’s award winners were recognized during a virtual ceremony on May 20th.

The City of Knoxville Mayor’s Award was presented to Dover Signature Properties and BarberMcMurry Architects for the restoration of the historic South High School at 835 Tipton Avenue. Dover obtained the property in 2016 after several attempts by others to redevelop the space. It took a year to stabilize the building and two years to renovate the existing building into South High Senior Living.

The Preservation Service Award is presented to Cherel Henderson for her service as the Executive Director of the East Tennessee Historical Society (ETHS) from 2003 until 2020. Cherel joined the ETHS staff in 1987, and was promoted to associate director in 1995 and to executive director in 2003. Over the past 17 years under Cherel’s leadership, ETHS has continued to thrive and grow. Cherel is the founding director of the ETHS Tennessee Bicentennial family heritage program, First Families of Tennessee, which now numbers almost 17,000 members from all over the world. She was also editor of the book First Families of Tennessee: A Register of Early Settlers and Their Present-Day Descendants. Other highlights of her career include the 2004 completion of the East Tennessee History Center’s renovation of the Old Custom House and addition that houses the Museum of East Tennessee History. She also oversaw design and construction of the Museum’s signature exhibition, Voices of the Land, The People of East Tennessee, that opened in 2008.

Knoxville History Project was presented with the Media Award for the recently published Historic Bearden: The 200-Year Story of Knoxville’s Fourth Creek Valley. The 200-page, full-color guidebook written by Jack Neely, edited and image sourced by Paul James and designed by the awarding winning team at Robin Easter Design is a great way to learn more about local history.

Additional award winners include: Reagan Design + Construction and Dgray & Hbogus, LLC for the renovation of 2545 Jefferson Avenue in the Parkridge neighborhood; the City of Knoxville for renovating the Jackson Avenue Ramps; Parkridge Group, LLC and Sanders Pace Architecture for the renovation of 1520 Washington Avenue in the Parkridge neighborhood; Holli McCray and John Verdeaux for the restoration of the 1940 Annandale Manor; The Aslan Foundation and Sanders Pace Architecture for the restoration of seven historic cabins and construction of new structures associated with the newly established Loghaven Artist Residency; Arin Streeter for writing the National Register nomination for the Charles L. Lawhon House in the Morningside neighborhood; Segal Drummond and Sanders Pace Architecture for the renovation of 517 and 519 N. Central Street in the Emory Place Historic District; Axle Logistics and Design Innovation Architects for the renovation of the former Hull and Dobbs building located at 835 N. Central Street; The Aslan Foundation and Sanders Pace Architecture for the restoration of the Candoro Marble Building in the Vestal community; ELST Brewing Company and Sanders Pace Architecture for renovating and adapting two dilapidated 80 year old buildings into a new craft brewery and community gathering space within the Oakwood-Lincoln Park neighborhood; Jim and Lori Klonaris, SK Ballard Contract Interiors and Johnson Architecture, Inc for the renovation and adapted reuse of two floors in the Holston Building into the high-end restaurant and retro cocktail bar, Vida and The Vault; John Sanders for the restoration of Clauss House II located in the Little Switzerland neighborhood; and Sanders Pace Architecture for the renovation of 509 N. Central Street in the Emory Place Historic District.

In addition, the East Tennessee Preservation Alliance presented regional preservation awards to the Claiborne County Historical Society for grant-related repairs to the 1819 Old Claiborne County Jail in Tazewell; KBD, LLC and Brewer Ingram Fuller Architects, Inc for the renovation of the 1907 Building into a brewery, restaurant and event space located in downtown Morristown; Dean and Karen Fontaine for placing Millennium Manor in Alcoa on the National Register of Historic Places; and the Dunbar Rosenwald School Foundation, Inc and Brewer Ingram Fuller Architects, Inc for the restoration of the Dunbar Rosenwald School in Loudon.

 

Since 1978, 812 awards have been given to a wide range of historic projects and individuals. For a list of previous awards winners, from 2010 to the present, please see below.

Knox Heritage Preservation Awards 2010-2019

 

Thank you HOME TRUST BANK for being the presenting sponsor of this event!