Old Hospitals as Shrines: Some Reflections on Baptist Hospital, and Ida Cox
Published 11/20/2013 at 11:18 a.m. 0 comments
There are some ironies about what we preserve. Birthplaces are considered significant. Tourists can still enter the house where Shakespeare was born, 450 years ago. The houses that witnessed the first squeals of a few dozen presidents are preserved for ...
Glamorous Pajamas and Bonbons: "Lost Starlet" Helen Mundy Pops up in an Obscure James Agee Story
Published 11/13/2013 at 11:26 a.m. 1 comment
It has to do with the grand old Knoxville High School building on Fifth Avenue, which is much in the news lately. It also has to do with a rediscovered silent movie heralded this fall with a special showing at ...
Fort Sanders Hospital Deal Means to Tear Down Some More Victorian Houses
Updated 11/6/2013 at 1:04 p.m. 8 comments
There’s been no announcement, but I’m learning from multiple sources that Fort Sanders Regional Medical Center is seeking to demolish four historic structures near the intersection of 18th Street and Highland Avenue.
The Verbiage of Death: Is "Died" Passing Away?
Published 10/30/2013 at 10:17 a.m. 0 comments
There’s one respect in which we’re far more overtly religious than any of our ancestors were. You can see it on the obituary pages.
The Man in Black: Jack Wiedemann, WATE's Well-Connected Early Operations Manager, is Still Watching
Published 10/23/2013 at 10:12 a.m. 2 comments
On a hillside in near-West Knoxville, just beyond a sign that spells, in oriental letters, SHANGRI-LA, is the unusual home of one of Knoxville’s most recognizable early television personalities, Mr. Jack Wiedemann.
Architectural Density: New Suburbanism is Undermining Downtown
Updated 10/22/2013 at 1:59 p.m. 1 comment
Shown in this relief, most of them make dense, interesting patterns. But compared to the others, downtown Knoxville looks scattered, like something disintegrating.
Fair Warning: Knoxville's Had at Least Two Major Expositions, One Famous One and One Influential One
Published 10/9/2013 at 10:23 a.m. 0 comments
At issue are daunting struggles to preserve the few remainders of New York’s 1964 World’s Fair, but it mentions a few other expositions as examples.
Don't Say That! Does "Values Education" Have Any Actual Value?
Published 10/2/2013 at 11:59 a.m. 0 comments
Republicans and Democrats both get pretty exercised over “values” education, what teachers are allowed to say, how things are phrased in textbooks, whether some groups are allowed to meet and when.
Sense and Sesquisensibility: Some Random Notes About 2013, as it Pertains to 1863
Published 9/25/2013 at 10:31 a.m. 0 comments
In case you’ve forgotten, it’s still the Civil War Sesquicentennial. Here it is, two months before the 150th anniversary of the Battle of Knoxville, and I’m just not feeling the spirit yet.
Two Professors: A Farewell to Two Teachers I Never Knew in Class
Published 9/18/2013 at 11:40 a.m. 0 comments
He was a remarkable guy, and the house at 2215 Clinch Avenue reflected its longtime resident. Fiene’s collection of offbeat relics awed visitors, but what made it unique was the fact that one visitor he allowed into the house was ...
The Mystery of the Soundproof Chamber: A Substantial Answer to a Recent Riddle
Published 9/11/2013 at 10:46 a.m. 0 comments
Back in February I described a mystery on an upper floor of the Tailor Lofts project.
Death to James White Parkway: Stopping it in South Knoxville is Just Half the Job
Published 9/4/2013 at 11:04 a.m. 7 comments
If we’re not going to build JWP, though, can we please dismantle most of what was intended to lead to it?
Bearden, Again: An Amateur Anthropologist Looks at Anthropologie
Published 8/28/2013 at 1:29 p.m. 0 comments
At one point it seemed to be happening. After a great effort, the new greenway went in along Sutherland Avenue. It was called, officially, the Bearden Village Greenway.
Notes on the Otherworldly: Of Cinematic Ghostbusters' Knoxville Visit, and the Chili Man Called Christ
Published 8/21/2013 at 11:28 a.m. 0 comments
There’s a new movie out called The Conjuring. For a spooks flick, it’s gotten very good reviews.
St. John's vs. Downtown: Bad Gardening, or Punk Art? The Demolition of the Walnut Street Buildings
Published 8/14/2013 at 10:47 a.m. 6 comments
n late June, when preservationists chose not to take their challenge all the way to City Council, the fate of the Walnut Street buildings became, entirely, the responsibility of their owner, St. John’s Episcopal Cathedral.