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Knox Heritage has embarked on its next restoration project! Together with Knoxville’s Cardinal Development and Kinsey Probasco Hays of Chattanooga, Knox Heritage announced in May of 2009 the final phase of the restoration of the Victorian-era houses at the World’s Fair Park in the Historic Fort Sanders neighborhood.  As part of that plan, the development firms donated a circa 1888 house to Knox Heritage.




That generous donation marked several important milestones for Knox Heritage.  It launched the organization’s “Gifts of Heritage” program, a new initiative designed to encourage donations and bequests of historic buildings to Knox Heritage so they can be permanently protected with preservation easements before being sold to new owners dedicated to their preservation. In cases of endangered properties, Knox Heritage will stabilize or restore them, and then make them available for purchase. The program is based on successful models in cities and states across the country where historic properties have been permanently protected while providing funding for preservation organizations to continue their work.


The house at 1011 Victorian Way (formerly 1011 Laurel Avenue), the tenth property acquired for restoration and resale by Knox Heritage, will also be the organization’s first to qualify as a LEED for Homes project.  LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) is an internationally recognized certification system that measures how well a building performs in sustainable practices such as energy savings, water efficiency, CO2 emissions reduction, improved indoor environmental quality, and stewardship of resources and sensitivity to its impact.  This project embodies the ideal merging of historic preservation and “green” building practices and will be a model for other communities.  The goal is to have the Fort Sanders house certified at the LEED for Homes Silver level or greater.


Knox Heritage is partnering on this project with the City of Knoxville through its Solar America Cities program. The house will be a demonstration project, and grant funding will be used to install two types of solar energy devices to generate electricity and hot water. In addition, educational sessions will be provided for local contractors and citizens interested in utilizing solar technology. As one of twenty-five cities to be awarded a Solar America Cities grant by the U.S. Department of Energy, Knoxville is working to accelerate local adoption of solar energy technologies.  Program initiatives are designed to remove market barriers by educating citizens about solar power, strengthening local solar technology supply and demand markets, increasing the visibility of solar power, and serving as a model for other cities in the region.


Additional grant funding for this project is being provided by the 1772 Foundation of Connecticut. The 1772 Foundation was established by Stewart B. Kean in 1984 for the purpose of preserving and enhancing American historical organizations, especially for entities with particular interest in farming, industrial development, transportation and unusual historical buildings. Specifically, the foundation provided funds for Knox Heritage’s J. Allen Smith Endangered Properties Fund which will be utilized in this project.


Project financing is being provided by the National Trust for Historic Preservation and Clayton Bank and Trust. The National Trust for Historic Preservation provides leadership, education, advocacy, and resources to save America's diverse historic places and revitalize communities. Staff at the Washington, DC, headquarters, six regional offices and 29 historic sites work with the Trust’s 270,000 members and thousands of preservation groups in all 50 states.


Corporate sponsorship support is being provided by Daikin, Modern Supply, Home Choice Windows and Doors, Insultech, Valspar Paint, BioBased Insulation, Cooper Drywall, Cortese Tree Specialists, Winco Tile, and ITS. Other corporate sponsors are expected to participate as the project proceeds.  There will also be several opportunities for Knox Heritage members and the general public to tour the house throughout the process, so we hope you’ll attend those special events.  Watch for updates, including photos and videos, on our web site.


The restoration would not be possible without volunteer assistance from many local architects and interior designers with experience in LEED certification and historic restorations. Knox Heritage would like to recognize and thank the following volunteers: Elizabeth Eason, Elizabeth Eason Architecture; Lee Ingram, Brewer Ingram Fuller Architects, Inc.; Sean Martin, Cockrill Design & Planning; Richard Foster, Cockrill Design & Planning; Robert Marlino, Smee + Busby Architecture; Arin Streeter, Brewer Ingram Fuller Architects, Inc.; Thomas Ingram, Brewer Ingram Fuller Architects, Inc.; Brad Raines, Brewer Ingram Fuller Architects, Inc.; Forrest Kirkpatrick, Benefield Richters; Susan Ballard, Smee + Busby Architecture; Michelle Garlington; Randall De Ford, C. Randall De Ford Architecture; Brian Pittman, McCarty Holsaple McCarty Architects; Emily Hardin, Adams Craft Herz Walker; and Margaret Ann Jeffries, Pellissippi State Community College.



Vintage Homes: Program Overview

Historic properties offer a unique charm and quality that new construction simply cannot duplicate. Their craftsmanship, style, and detailing are timeless and truly make a house feel like a home. Knoxville’s history is visible in its homes built in the 1800s and early 1900s. You can be a part of that history when you live in a historic home of your own. Plus, most of Knoxville’s vintage houses are located in neighborhoods that are part of the exciting renewal of downtown and allow you to take advantage of all of the festivities and concerts that occur there year round. In addition, these neighborhoods feature sidewalks, mature trees, and wonderful neighbors.

The Vintage Homes program is operated by Knox Heritage and is concentrated in historic neighborhoods surrounding downtown Knoxville. It is designed to rescue endangered historic properties and preserve the unique style and architectural heritage of those neighborhoods. Partnering with The National Trust for Historic Preservation, Knox Heritage is working as a preservation developer in the Parkridge, Chilhowee Park, Old North Knoxville, and Fort Sanders neighborhoods.

For most homebuyers, the prospect of managing the restoration of a historic home can be daunting. You may not have construction experience or the time to dedicate to the project. Knox Heritage makes it possible for you to have a historic home without having to handle the project details by yourself.

In partnership with neighborhood residents, Knox Heritage targets properties in need of restoration and creates fully restored homes ready for purchase and immediate occupation. We purchase and restore the endangered historic properties for a new generation of homeowners. The program provides homes in a variety of price ranges.

If you, or someone you know, is interested in purchasing a historic house for owner-occupied use, or know of one that might qualify for this program, please contact the Knox Heritage office at 523-8008.

Have you ever considered the idea of donating property for a tax deduction? If a property meets the standards of our program, donating it to our Vintage Homes Program would qualify under our 501 (c)(3) non-profit corporation status for an amount equal to the appraised value of the property. Contact Knox Heritage for more information.

Donate to our Vintage Homes Program

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Knox Heritage, Inc.
P.O. Box 1242
Knoxville, TN 37901

Tele: (865)523-8008
Fax: (865)523-0938