The preservation of Historic Westwood is one of Knox Heritage’s signature accomplishments. Adelia Armstrong Lutz (1859-1931) was a talented artist and leader in the Knoxville arts community. She, along with husband John Lutz, commissioned Knoxville’s first and best-known architectural firm, Baumann Brothers, to design Westwood. This resulted in an impressive Queen Anne style house constructed of brick with Richardsonian Romanesque accents in stone. A rare aspect of the design was Adelia’s painting studio, by far the grandest room in the house. Designed especially for the artist, her studio had ample space for materials and paintings, a fireplace, a cathedral ceiling, tall windows, and an impressive skylight. Adelia had created a place of profound beauty within which to pursue her passion and host her fellow artists. Today, Westwood showcases over 30 of Adelia’s works along with frescoes, furnishings, art, and craftsmanship from other Knoxville artists dating from the late 19th century to the modern era.
In 2013, the Aslan Foundation donated this beautiful residence to Knox Heritage after purchasing it from a fourth-generation family member. Knox Heritage raised over $1 million to restore and renovate the property. Today, Westwood makes a strong statement about the importance of preserving places that have the power to transport us to another moment in time.
The Knox Heritage offices are located at Historic Westwood.
The Airplane Filling Station
Originally constructed in 1931 as a gas station by the Nickle brothers, the design was intended to persuade passing automobile traffic to stop there instead of traditional stations. The marketing-savvy brothers based the design on Charles Lindberg’s Spirit of St. Louis. The gasoline had stopped pumping by around 1970 and after that, the structure was used for other businesses, such as a liquor store, a produce stand, a bait-and-tackle shop, and eventually a used car lot. However, by 2002, the structure was covered in kudzu and years of neglect had rusted away much of the metal cladding. The Airplane Filling Station Preservation Association (AFSPA), an all-volunteer organization, established itself as a nonprofit and spent several years restoring the structure to its former glory. In 2018, the AFSPA gifted the iconic airplane-shaped building on Clinton Highway to Knox Heritage.