In 1925 Mary Boyce Temple wrote a $100 check to start the campaign to keep Blount Mansion, just down the street, from becoming a parking lot. This is widely considered Knoxville's first act of preservation. Blount Mansion is now Knoxville's only National Registered Landmark. She did this while residing in this house. How fitting to now help save her house just the same.
I am Brian Pittman, a lead architectural designer for McCarty Holsaple McCarty Architects & Interior Designers. I am also known as that guy who draws freehand cathedrals with my fountain pens. (Cathedral Guy)
Doing this project is a life-long dream against many odds for a property that was doomed for decades. Once completed it will not only be a viable home, but back on the tax rolls, raising property value around it, and creating a perfect position to encourage local art and future preservation efforts for the city as a whole.
After 7 years of dedicated construction and attention to detail and all our means, the project is coming to a close just shy of what it needs to finish. Meeting the financial goals of this campaign will complete the house enough to move into it and start its new life as the historic reminder for the city to keep as many of its forgotten buildings no matter what their shape and condition.
What We Need & What You Get
EVERY PENNY of this campaign goes directly to and only for construction materials and labor, campaign goal or not.
All events listed will occur in the finished House.
The renovation/restoration of this particular house has already proven to be a catalyst for other renovations as well as help generate more interest in living downtown. The current govenor of Tennessee Bill Haslam, along with Knox Heritage and generous donors helped kick off this project in 2006 as the perfect example of what can be done when the private sector works hand in hand with local businesses and local governments to save old buildings and neighborhoods. Standing at the head of the Henley Bridge it helps serve as a clean yet historic welcoming beacon for all incoming traffic to downtown Knoxville and puts our best foot forward among our neighbors.
We intend to utilize the house to assist Knox Heritage in many fundraisers year after year in whatever capacity we can accommodate. We also intend to offer occasional house shows for local artists, musicians, and yes puppet shows. In the end it will still be a private home as it was built to be but also like Ms. Temple we plan to use our resources to give back to the city and its residents a piece of downtown we can all be proud of instead of ashamed as it has been for nearly 80 years.
Other Ways You Can Help
If you love and/or support this project but can't afford to donate that's ok too! Please help us get the word out using Indiegogo's share tools and let everyone know about this campaign. We only have six weeks to raise the money so getting the word out is vital. Thank you for giving a hoot about this iconic house!