KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WVLT) -- Historic Knoxville High has been honored as America’s best senior living renovation project.
Knoxville High competed against projects across the nation, but Senior Housing News found it the best in America for 2018.
It’s a significant award for owner/developer Dover Development and for architect Daniel Levy of DKLEVY Design. Both firms are located in Knoxville.
“If anything ever proved the adage “everything old is new again” it is this building,” said Dover. “It’s heritage and beauty have been preserved, but new areas designed in as well. The beauty of a 100-year-old building, with the great features that have been developed during that century.”
“The design challenge is to honor and preserve the past, while still making the building fresh and new,” said Levy, whose firm did both the architecture and interior design. “It means at lot that Senior Housing News judged it the best of 2018, because a lot of old buildings are being re-purposed this way. It was stiff competition.”
Dover and Levy also worked together on the Alexander Inn in Oak Ridge, which won the highest preservation award given in the U.S., the Chairman’s Award from the Advisory Council on Historic Preservation, whose members are appointed by the President of the United States. They also worked together on converting Oakwood, a deserted elementary school, into Senior Living. That project won the Knox Heritage Mayor’s Award.
Knoxville High is a $17-million on the project, creating 80 units and outstanding shared amenities. It has both senior living and downtown apartments for rent.
More than 500 original windows have been restored and retained. Oak classroom doors, stairwells, handrails, decorative tin ceilings are still a part of the building. But it also includes many features nobody even imagined in 1910, such as surveillance cameras, personalized key fob door entry, wireless nurse call stations, public Wi-Fi and two new elevators. The facility has 24 hour security.
Graduates of the school include writer James Agree, former UT President Ed Boling, actresses Mary Costa ad Patricia Neal and actor John McCollum.