Much ink has been spilled about Knoxville architect Bruce McCarty. Bruce was born in Indiana, studied architecture at Princeton, and left school to serve as a P-38 pilot in World War II. After finishing up his undergrad at Princeton, he did a stint as a draftsman in the Knoxville office
Structure: TVA Operations Office BuildingLocation: Chattanooga, TennesseeArchitect: Vincent G. KlingDate: 1965Tidbit: In 1965, the TVA had a problem: their offices were scattered throughout 18 offices in Downtown Chattanooga, not exactly an efficient use of space. Progressive Architecture said the scattered TVA buildings “resemble[d] the organization of items in a woman's
Structure: Seamour Shavin HouseLocation: Chattanooga, TennesseArchitect: Frank Lloyd WrightDate: 1951Story: I can’t believe I’ve not yet profiled the only Frank Lloyd Wright house in Tennessee! Ok. First things first, this blog owes a lot to the work of the late Gavin Townsend along with the intrepid work of passionate Wright
Structure: Stapleton Long ResidenceLocation: Morristown, TennesseeArchitect: Stapleton LongDate: 1964Story: Today’s house is something you don’t quite expect to discover in a small down in East Tennessee. I'll save the wonderful story for after the photos, let's look at this incredible space! STORY TIME! Stapleton "Stape" Long The year is 1944. The place is
Structure: Mario Bianculli Residence ILocation: Knoxville, TennesseeArchitect: Mario BianculliDate: 1941Story: Italian-American architect Mario Bianculli came to work for the TVA at the beginning of 1936. Shortly thereafter, in 1938, he met and married Katherine (Kay) Potts, a Knoxville schoolteacher. Artist's profile of Mario Biancull Kay’s family lived in Chattanooga, so not
Structure: Liesje Ketchel ResidenceLocation: Oak Ridge, TennesseeArchitect: Liesje KetchelDate: 1970Tidbit: In 1970, Dr. Melvin Ketchel (a biologist with a PhD from Harvard) was hired to head up the Oak Ridge Population Research Institute. His wife, Liesje Ketchel, had a BA in psychology and an MArch from Harvard. So, while Dr.
Sequoyah Hills is a historic neighborhood in Knoxville, Tennessee. Its historicity is emphasized by all of the gorgeous (and traditional) turn-of-the-century houses that fill its lush streets. However, set amongst the traditional structures are two houses that look a bit out of place. Echoing a Miesien style, these two mid-century modern
Structure: Joseph Koprowski HouseLocation: Gatlinburg, TennesseeArchitect: James A. EmbreyDate: 1970Tidbit: In the mid 1960s, violinist Joseph Boleslav Koprowski moved to Gatlinburg to become the concert master for the Knoxville Symphony Orchestra. He had Gatlinburg architect James Embrey design him a house up on the one of the tallest hills in Gatlinburg.
Last week we explored the Timberlake area, a secluded enclave of modernism tucked just below the Tennessee River. However, there is one mid-century house from that area that I left off out of the blog. The oversight was intentional, don’t worry. I wanted to talk about the three modernist houses
Structure: Harry Daniel HouseLocation: Bristol, TennesseeArchitect: A.L. Aydelott & AssociatesAssociate architect: Chia-Yi (Charles) JenDate: 1953Tidbit: As best as I can tell, Harry Daniel’s parents were East Tennessee royalty. They owned a massive historical residence called "Almathea" which they used to hold their vast collection of art and regularly host dinners