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I would like to share one fond memory that I have from living in that house: Directly beside 1810 Highland, Fort Sanders built that behemoth of a parking structure, (and yes.. I had to live DIRECTLY next door to the construction frenzy, they parked in our back lot, and they woke up us at the crack of dawn.. However, being the brilliant college students that we were, we made the best of the situation. (Anyone who is familiar with the property can picture the layout: right next to our backyard was a five or six story tall concrete wall.) One of the neighbors (a resident of 1801 Highland, one of the other properties being demolished) had a projector and we used to break out our lawn chairs and watch outdoor movies on that concrete wall, while cracking open a few cold ones that we had walked twenty feet away to the IGA to purchase. Talk about an ideal way to spend a nice spring evening.
If this plan goes through it will be incredibly sad. I was one of the last three residents to live at 1810 Highland Ave. Fort Sanders purchased the property from our landlord, Rodger Harb, and shortly thereafter our lease ended with no chance of renewal. These properties were beautiful. Our house had such character. Most of the furnishings were still original when we left and the hospital fenced up the properties and gutted them. We still had an old claw foot bathtub, and nearly every room had a fireplace with beautiful marble mantles. Living there was like stepping into a page of history; how the better half lived a century or two ago. After being kicked out of that house over five years ago I guess I knew its demise was inevitable, however it still would be sad to see it go.