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  • A Charming Bungalow in Parkridge Published 3/23/2011 at 11:16 a.m. 0 comments

    Fitting that, after almost 20 years of writing this column for Metro Pulse, my final piece would be a place in Parkridge. It was, after all, a house in Parkridge that led me to write for Metro Pulse in the ...

  • Pave Any Mountain? Published 3/9/2011 at 10:00 a.m. 0 comments

    I always figured the proposed Hillside and Ridgetop Protection Plan would be an uphill battle. And last week’s County Commission meeting played out predictably with developers and their proxies lining up like a gang of homeowners association NIMBYs fighting against ...

  • A Garden Dwelling in Parkridge Published 2/23/2011 at 12:08 p.m. 0 comments

    When, exactly, did Appalachia become cool? Don’t get me wrong; I appreciate a good fiddle riff as much as the feller. But when I moved to Knoxville at the tail end of the techno era, I’d have been hard-pressed to ...

  • Open House: Knox Heritage Brings a Victorian Up to LEED Specs Published 2/9/2011 at 12:44 p.m. 0 comments

    Knox Heritage is currently wrapping up a complete renovation that combines historic preservation with the latest in green building practices.

  • A Country Retreat Only Four Miles From the City Center Published 2/2/2011 at 11:33 a.m. 0 comments

    How many buildings around town predate the 1890s? Even downtown, 19th-century buildings aren’t as common as you might think. Many of Gay Street’s oldest buildings, for instance, date to the early 20th century rush of rebuilding after 1897’s famed “Million ...

  • Holrob Expands into Fourth and Gill With a New “Old House” Published 1/12/2011 at 12:45 p.m. 0 comments

    Owning a historic home isn’t for everyone. Compared to the standard vinyl box they sell out in the suburbs (brick front, optional), your typical 100-year-old home requires a bit more attention to upkeep.

  • Bridging the Gap Between Downtown and North Knoxville Published 12/22/2010 at 3:31 p.m. 0 comments

    While Interstate 40 has done considerable damage, a surprising amount of infrastructure remains in the area that used to be the north end of downtown. Case in point: the Lucerne Building, at the corner of Fifth Avenue and King Street.

  • Au Revoir Office Park Published 12/8/2010 at 3:11 p.m. 0 comments

    Corporate America is tiring of the suburbs and returning to downtown like so many empty nesters—or hipsters, since many companies cite attracting top young talent as a factor in their decision to set up shop downtown.

  • Dream Small: A Cape Cod in Lindbergh Forest Published 11/24/2010 at 2:27 p.m. 0 comments

    Built circa 1940 along a winding street in Lindbergh Forest, one of Knoxville’s earliest automobile oriented suburbs, this Cape Cod was probably purchased by someone hoping to escape the city crowds and bustle.

  • A Fourth and Gill House Brought Back From the Dead Published 10/27/2010 at 12:44 p.m. 0 comments

    Say the words “haunted house” and the image that springs to mind is inevitably a Victorian. Don’t take my word for it, either: Drop by the nearest discount store and check out the heaps of cheap Halloween tchotchkes crowding the ...

  • The 300 Building Gets Refurbished Published 10/13/2010 at 11:20 a.m. 0 comments

    Locals aren’t the only ones who have noticed downtown Knoxville’s recent makeover. A Michigan company is looking to locate a beauty school downtown; based in East Lansing, the Douglas J Companies operate four Aveda-affiliated beauty schools across Michigan, most in ...

  • Victorian in Fourth and Gill Comes With Walkability Published 9/29/2010 at 9:47 a.m. 0 comments

    “Walkable” is a word one hears a lot in the context of center-city living. Whether it’s a loft condo or an old Victorian on a 50-foot lot in Fourth and Gill, it’s pretty much a given that either one is ...

  • Fourth and Gill Weathers the Storm Published 9/8/2010 at 9:51 a.m. 0 comments

    In today’s tough housing market, it’s nice to read a little good news every now and then. But, while the news that Holrob Residential plans to build a brand new home on Luttrell Street in Fourth and Gill was gratifying, ...

  • Urban Amenities in a Tidy Old North Bungalow Published 8/25/2010 at 10:42 a.m. 0 comments

    I find few things more irritating than the conspicuous non-consumer. You know the type—always cluttering up your Facebook feed with causes to support or links to online surveys to calculate your carbon footprint (while bragging about their own, naturally) and ...

  • Southeastern Glass: a Welcome Addition Published 8/11/2010 at 10:28 a.m. 0 comments

    As much as opponents try to promote the false dichotomy, preservation debates rarely boil down to a choice between demolition and “don’t do a thing.” In reality, it’s typically preservation opponents who take the absolutist approach, preferring to scrape the ...