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Knoxville

Swanky’s Tiki Pecha Kucha

Pecha Kucha is a worldwide series of presentation all with the same format: 20 images which each displaying for 20 seconds. I decided to apply to do a presentation thinking it would be easy. I’ve done many presentations of various…..

Tennessee Tiki History Page

I started this page years ago and forgot about it. Just started fleshing it out further and published it this morning. A work in progress, but a start. Tennessee Tiki History

Knoxville Then and Now Mt. Vernon Motel

Known today as Futon World, it was the Mount Vernon Motel long before. Now it is wiped from the face of the earth. Wonder if it will still be known as the Mt. Vernon Plaza?

Knoxville Then & Now – Westwood Motel Kingston Pike

 I have been meaning to add this motel on Kingston Pike for a long time. We dropped in to try Archer’s BBQ and so I took some pictures and added it today. A relic of the 50s that stands today,…..

Vintage Knoxville Google Map

When I was at the Mod Weekend event last weekend in Fort Lauderdale, I was talking with other fans of vintage modern and thought it would be great to document these places on a map so other people can find…..

Lustron Home Update

Just a bump so you know I finally added images of this fantastic Lustron home here in Knoxville.

Redmon Court – Knoxville Then and Now

Another addition to Knoxville Then and Now is the Redmon Court. Not exactly confident I found it. You decide. Redmon Court  

Ridgeview Motel – Knoxville Then and Now

A New Year’s resolution was to add more to the Swank Pad, and so we have an addition to Knoxville Then and Now! This is the Ridgeview Motel in Clinton. See the place now at the site: Ridgeview Motel.

Swanky – Knoxville’s “Tiki King” in Metropulse

 We were a bit shocked to find that Knoxville weekly indepenant paper Metropulse had made me the cover story this week. And I was very pleasantly surprised to find they did a really great job on the article that captures…..

UPDATE: Biltmore Tourist Court Demolished

This icon on Kingston Pike, which dated back to the 1930s at least, and which seemed to deny time by still standing in a location that was heavily commercialized all around, is no more. Those who went to Opal’s Lounge…..

Robert Daniel House by Fitzgibbon in Knoxville

We had the pleasure of visiting with the owners of the Robert Daniel house here in Knoxville. The house was designed and built by James Fitzgibbon in 1950. I won’t bore you too much with words. The house is incredible. The…..

Service Station – Asheville Hwy

This little station was in a movie filmed in Knoxville. Anyone recall what movie? October Sky or Box of Moonlight? In the movie, I recall there were like 20 Highway direction signs in front of it. Great vinatge lines. A phone?…..

Home Investment Building – 1400 Central Ave.

Looks liek a very Deco design on this sign on Central.

C and S Cleaners – Central

I think this sign is still doing it’s groovy flashing thing at night. I need to go get some movies of the good stuff soon.

Terminal Service Auto – Central

Okay, is it Terminal Garage Inc. or Service Auto Parts, or what? 24 Hour Service and AAA for sure. On Central near the Bell South Building.