See larger The slowly renovating historic community Parkridge is a work in progress. Deriving its name from old Park City, an early suburban community that encompassed the area, it’s the former home of Knoxville’s most nationally famous architect, George Barber, who inspired Victorian-era house plans from coast to coast. Parkridge still boasts one of America’s highest concentrations of his houses. Though Parkridge still has its challenges, it looks a little better, and more colorful, every year.

Photo by Shawn Poynter

The slowly renovating historic community Parkridge is a work in progress. Deriving its name from old Park City, an early suburban community that encompassed the area, it’s the former home of Knoxville’s most nationally famous architect, George Barber, who inspired Victorian-era house plans from coast to coast. Parkridge still boasts one of America’s highest concentrations of his houses. Though Parkridge still has its challenges, it looks a little better, and more colorful, every year.

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