• Knoxville Then and Now Mt. Vernon Motel

    Saturday 24th January 2015 - 10:03:35 AM
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    Now

    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?

    mount vernon motel

    mt vernon 1965



    Mt vernon 1956


    mt vernon


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  • Knoxville Then & Now – Westwood Motel Kingston Pike

    Sunday 28th December 2014 - 9:06:52 AM
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    westwoodpct 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, the Westwood Motel, part of the Knoxville Then and Now site.

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  • Peter Kern Library – Knoxville “Speakeasy”

    Tuesday 25th June 2013 - 12:51:55 PM
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    lI wanted to like the Peter Kern Library. I do like the space. I certainly like the idea of craft cocktails being served in Knoxville. Heck, I was going to open my own bar just a few doors down from there about 10 years ago. However, the drinks here just miss the mark.

    On our first visit, we tried a few drinks. My first I could not finish and so we traded. I didn’t really love the other one either. Neither of us loved our second round. But we liked the place and the attempt and our server and recommended it to friends.

    Our second visit was a shock. We heard the head bartender was there and we were excited to talk shop with someone who maybe knew more than the typical hi-ball server.

    I was probably a little less enamored of the place and so I was realizing every recipe was on the sweet side. Muddled fruit, honey and Crème de Violette. The only tart drink we tried last time and even my tart loving wife didn’t care for it. I realized none of these drinks looked appealing.

    Ah, there is a “Classics” section with an “Old Fashioned” and a “Sazerac”. I decide on an Old Fashioned, but having been served in the last few years in typical places, I asked if they muddled oranges in them and could I have mine without orange fruit. The classic recipe calls for lemon peel, though I was served a fantastic version at The Gin Joint in Charleston with orange peel and it was great. But this made our bartender angry and I could either have it her way, which would be the best one I ever had, or I could have it my way. I felt like I might have been asked to leave if I wasn’t sitting with her regular customers, who I had told to come there in the first place. I wanted it my way. Or, well, the right way. I wanted the classic. No fruit.

    What I got was okay. Not a craft cocktail. Not bad, but nothing beyond what I could tell the bartender to make me at the bar at the Holiday Inn Express.

    I sampled all the drinks ordered and found nothing to be very good. My wife’s two drinks were forced down and she likely would have not finished if we weren’t with friends and obliged to stay longer than we wanted.

    The drink list is overly sweet, and those that are not sweet are super hot or overly weird and just too strong in their flavors. Nothing was balanced. Nothing was tart in a good way. And nothing much was bigger than about 3 ounces. It all seemed to be 3 ounce cocktails served up.

    The attitude was unforgivable.

    I suppose I should go easy on the home town place that is trying, but, how will they improve? I am not going to take my cocktail nerd friends there. We’ll just go to my house and have good drinks instead. Should the bartenders at PKL visit some of the other good bars around and revise their palette and recipes, I’ll give them another chance. For now, they need to start over. Leave the décor, toss the recipes.

    I suppose this proves that Knoxville will support good cocktails. If they are filling this small space to capacity on weekend nights, a better option might do more business.

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  • Vintage Knoxville Google Map

    Wednesday 20th March 2013 - 10:33:04 AM
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    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 them easily. I have taken out of town guests on tours myself a few times. The map would allow people to guide themselves.

    I came home and have explored the idea. The first effort is HERE. Vintage Knoxville. I started it tying it into my website pages, but am expanding to add various cool spots.

    If you’d like to help with the project, drop me a line. Do this for your own city! It is not hard, just takes time.

    Now if there was a mobile app for this to drop a pin on the map as we drive, that would be super!

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  • Lustron Home Update

    Friday 22nd February 2013 - 1:27:55 PM
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    Just a bump so you know I finally added images of this fantastic Lustron home here in Knoxville.

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  • Redmon Court – Knoxville Then and Now

    Monday 14th January 2013 - 12:31:27 PM
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    Redmon Court

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

    Redmon Court

     

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  • Ridgeview Motel – Knoxville Then and Now

    Sunday 13th January 2013 - 12:28:26 PM
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    Ridgeview Motel

    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.

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  • UPDATE: Biltmore Tourist Court Demolished

    Wednesday 14th December 2011 - 7:26:38 AM
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    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 were right next to it and there were many mysteries in the old courtyard. An older man lived there and came by to say hello to Opal regulalrly. There was a GTO Judge in there somewhere. I hope someone got the old sign… Wish it were me…

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  • Robert Daniel House by Fitzgibbon in Knoxville

    Sunday 29th March 2009 - 5:12:19 PM
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    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 owners say they regulalrly find architects at their door dropping by to see Fitzgibbon’s master work. Often they are old friends of his.

    The rock is all local from the Candora Marble company, which supplied a lot of what you seein Washington DC.

    The lucite triangle coming out of the roof is where a tree used to grow.

    Upper deck area that used to be a childrens play area.

    Above to the left is where the master bedroom is.

    Through the bookcase you can see the step down to a study. Bedroom above.

    Looks out to a gardwn and fountain area.

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  • Service Station – Asheville Hwy

    Thursday 6th November 2008 - 5:18:18 PM
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    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? I forgot to see if it had a dial tone.

    These lights must have shined on a lot of classic cars getting gas…

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  • Home Investment Building – 1400 Central Ave.

    Wednesday 5th November 2008 - 5:06:37 PM
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    Looks liek a very Deco design on this sign on Central.

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  • C and S Cleaners – Central

    Monday 3rd November 2008 - 7:12:05 PM
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    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.

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  • Terminal Service Auto – Central

    Saturday 1st November 2008 - 6:57:08 AM
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    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.

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  • Lusk Body Co. – Off Central

    Thursday 30th October 2008 - 4:15:59 PM
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    Lusk Body Co. refurbished their sign I think. Great sign regardless. Happy Hollow, well, holler, is an infamous area of Knoxville and is rapidly gentrifying. I am trying to document some of it’s “glory” before it is gone.

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  • Star Sales – Central

    Wednesday 29th October 2008 - 3:08:44 PM
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    Star Sales has just all kinds of stuff. But the sign is an icon.

    You can see the neon of this sign from all over Knoxville. There are concentric neon stars that make the star “grow”. Love it!

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