Tools, Strategies and Partners for Fully Optimizing a Historic Preservation Approach 

Historic preservation is important. There are proven benefits to property owners, neighborhoods and entire cities. It is an essential tool for creating places with a high quality of life, stable property values and tourism appeal. Knox Heritage and the East Tennessee Preservation Alliance would like for every person in our 16 county region to understand the true, measurable value of historic preservation and how to access resources available to assist them with planning and executing the best approach. That’s why we are creating the “PLACES” preservation toolbox. PLACES is an acronym that represents the six key components necessary to achieve success with historic preservation: Partnerships, Leadership, Advocacy, Collaboration, Education, Strategies.

The PLACES preservation toolbox is made possible in part through support from the Richard and Julia Moe Family Fund.

The PLACES preservation toolbox focuses on four types of “end users”. Please select the toolbox that best describes your perspective:


for elected or appointed officials or those who work in government.


for developers and real estate professionals.


for those who own or care for a historic home or farm.


for anyone part of (or interested in forming) a neighborhood or community group. This is also the toolbox for finding assistance with historic churches and cemeteries.


Read our two-page Toolbox Introduction to get a feel for how it works. (NOTE: Document to be linked to “Toolbox Introduction”)