Structure: Thomas F. Faires ResidenceLocation: Memphis, TennesseeArchitect: Thomas F. FairesDate: 1960Tidbit: The houses architects design for themselves are always interesting to observe. Today, we’re looking at the house of a prominent Memphis architect named Thomas F. Faires. The literature is pretty sparse on Faires. What we do know, is this: Faires
Structure: Bramlett Enterprises Motor Hotel (unbuilt)Location: Memphis, TennesseeArchitect: Frank Lloyd WrightDate: 1956Story: Tennessee Motor Hotels (aka motels) in the 1950s were a fantastic thing. The recently bourgeoning middle class (fueled by the return of WWII troops) led to an increase in cars, car travel, and car recreation such as trekking
Structure: Garlinghouse Plan #8160Location: Knoxville, TennesseeDate: 1957Tidbit: In the mid-century era, a house didn't have to be custom to be architect designed. You see, architects would often design and submit their house plans to house plan books / catalogues. Sometimes, the plan book companies would send employees out across the
Structure: Donald Newton houseLocation: Knoxville, TennesseeArchitect: Robert JuddDate: 1968Story: Today’s story starts (as many of them do) with a real estate listing. As I was perusing old Zillow listings, I came across a beautiful house made of glass, wood, and natural stone. Down below the photos, the listing contained this funny
In 1965, the University of Tennessee, Knoxville (UTK) decided that it was time to upgrade their Greek life. The school proposed a Fraternity Park, complete with 13 new frat houses…all designed by local architects. The frat houses were designed around a common property that included streets, sidewalks, parking, and recreation areas.
R.C. Smith Jr was a young city councilman. So young, in fact, that when he ran (at the age of 26) the local paper ran a piece discussing just how young he actually was. After being elected as a councilman, he was appointed as Knoxville’s law director. His particular area
Alright. Where to even start. Alfred Clauss was a German architect. Born in 1906 (in Munich), he started his architectural career working for Karl Schneider. Alfred then did a short stint in Ludwig Mies van der Rohe’s studio (helping to design the German Pavilion for the 1929 Barcelona Exposition). He