Help Finish the Mary Boyce Temple House

This campaign is over but you can always find prints of Brian Pittman's Cathedrals at http://www.etsy.com/shop/TheCathedralGuy!
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Bran Rogers
Community
Knoxville, Tennessee
United States
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The Historic Mary Boyce Temple House

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.  

( Mary Boyce Temple House )

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 Impact

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! 

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$22,492USD
raised by 146 people in 1 month
64% funded
0 time left
$35,000 USD goal
Flexible Funding This campaign has ended and will receive all funds raised.
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This campaign ended on August 31, 2013
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  • $125USD
    Featured
    Art Collector

    Brian Pittman Cathedral Print A (8"x28.5"), Thank You on the site.

    10 out of 50 claimed

    Estimated delivery: October 2013
  • $10USD
    Patron

    A Thank You listed on the website! And all the appreciation in the world!

    5 claimed

    Estimated delivery: August 2013
  • $25USD
    Art Collector

    Brian Pittman Cathedral Print E (3.75"x12.5"), Thank You on the site.

    32 out of 50 claimed

    Estimated delivery: October 2013
  • $50USD
    Art Collector

    Brian Pittman Cathedral Print D (7.5"x7.5"), Thank You on the site.

    21 out of 50 claimed

    Estimated delivery: October 2013
  • $75USD
    Art Collector

    Brian Pittman Cathedral Print C (8"x17"), Thank You on the site

    12 out of 50 claimed

    Estimated delivery: October 2013
  • $100USD
    Art Collector

    Brian Pittman Cathedral Print B (5"x24.75"), Thank You on the site

    15 out of 50 claimed

    Estimated delivery: October 2013
  • SOLD OUT

    $200USD
    Framed Art Collector

    Brian Pittman Cathedral Print A (8"x28.5") signed and framed. A Thank You on the site.

    5 out of 5 claimed

  • $300USD
    Original Cathedral Drawing

    One small-medium (approximately 8"x14") original hand drawn fictional cathedral in fountain pen, framed by Brian Pittman. Thank you on the website and Facebook page.

    0 out of 10 claimed

    Estimated delivery: October 2013
  • SOLD OUT

    $500USD
    Spook Show Private Performance

    You and 24 of your pals will be entertained by a performance of Theatre Obsolete's Spook Show in the parlor of the Temple House. The Spook Show is a macabre puppet cabaret show that is sure to tickle your funny bone and tingle your spine! We'll reserve some time for Q&A afterwards and serve drinks and snacks. Thank you on the website and Facebook Page.

    1 out of 1 claimed

    Estimated delivery: October 2013
  • $500USD
    Original Cathedral Drawing

    One medium original hand drawn fictional cathedral in fountain pen, framed in an antique/vintage frame by Brian Pittman. Thank you on the website and Facebook Page.

    5 out of 8 claimed

    Estimated delivery: September 2013
  • SOLD OUT

    $500USD
    Cocktail Tour for 20

    Cocktail tour/party for you and your friends in the Parlor & Library or on the front porch. Event includes a full tour, drinks, and hors d'oeuvres. Thank you on the website and Facebook Page. Event length 2-3 hours.

    8 out of 8 claimed

  • SOLD OUT

    $500USD
    Maude's House Tour for 20

    The Happy Holler Harlot-- Maude Maplehurst from Boozehound Gandy Dance will give a not-so-fresh tour of downtown's last free-standing house. The evening will begin with some 'trashcan punch' and when Maude wakes up she'll be glad to show you around and fill you in on everything Jack Neely would never print in his fancy, polite columns. Thank you on the website and Facebook Page.

    1 out of 1 claimed

  • $500USD
    Rum 'n Coke Party

    You and 19 of your friends will enjoy an evening of Rum 'n Cokes (or sub Whiskey) with a Library concert by Steve Hancock. House Tour included. Thank You on the facebook and website.

    0 out of 1 claimed

  • SOLD OUT

    $800USD
    Boomsday Cocktail Party of 12

    A lovely low key evening on the 4th floor of the Temple House with cocktails and hors d'ouerves and a great view of the annual Boomsday fireworks display just out your window. What used to be an attic and an servant room, later two student apartments is now one large room and perfect for a night of festivities and libations with a perfect viewing spot of our cities famous fireworks show just outside our windows. E Print gift, Thank you on the website and Facebook Page. Event length 3 hours.

    1 out of 1 claimed

  • $800USD
    Ghost Investigation for 10

    Stay up late with a local paranormal research team as they investigate the Temple House. Results not guaranteed but past results have been interesting. Serious interest only! Each guest will receive Print E. Thank you on the site and Facebook Page.

    0 out of 1 claimed

  • $1,000USD
    Large Cathedral Drawing

    One large original hand drawn fictional cathedral in fountain pen, framed in an antique/vintage frame by Brian Pittman. Thank you on the website and Facebook Page.

    1 out of 3 claimed

  • SOLD OUT

    $1,500USD
    Cocktails & Print Tour for 20

    Cocktail party for you and your friends. Event includes a full house tour by local Secret Historian and author Jack Neely, drinks, hors d'oeuvres, and a signed print for each participant by Brian Pittman. "C" prints for all guests, Thank you on the website and Facebook Page. Event length 3-4 hours.

    1 out of 1 claimed

  • $1,500USD
    The Kim Trent Social for 20

    Celebrate a "win" for preservation! Despite significant controversies with downtown structures join Kim Trent to look on the bright side and focus on one of the buoyant efforts that has kept Knoxville preservation on our minds for 7 years. Private house tour and Knox Heritage print for all guests. Thank on the site and Facebook page.

    0 out of 1 claimed

  • $2,500USD
    Yuletide Dinner for 8

    Miss Temple was well-known for her Victorian dinner parties! Enjoy a full holiday dinner for you and 7 others in the Mary Boyce Temple House includes hors d'ouerves, dinner, desert, and wine. "Holly's Eventful Dining" will assist in making it especially scrumptious! Each guest will leave with a stocking stuffer (a small original framed cathedral drawing by Brian Pittman valued at $100 each.) Thank you on the website and Facebook Page. Event lenth 3-4 hours.

    0 out of 1 claimed

    Estimated delivery: December 2013
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