Category Archives: Preservation

Kill the tile, stick with bubble gum

It’s good to see the University of Tennessee renovating the UT Conference Center in downtown Knoxville.

The building has long been an eyesore. But let’s hope the university doesn’t waste money trying to replace the blue-glazed tiles that once covered the facade.

The exposed concrete block, as seen here on Josh Flory’s Property Scope blog, looks better than the tile.

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Preservation worthy or not?


Knox Heritage released its annual “Fragile 15” last week, an important list of the county’s most-threatened structures and places of historic and cultural significance. Check it out here.

Now it’s time to consider buildings that are unworthy of preservation or are simply ghastly architectural mistakes.

The list was compiled after an exhaustive and wholly unscientific poll of coworkers. It is based solely on personal taste or lack thereof.

In no particular order, the first annual Who Needs ‘Em list is:

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