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Knox Heritage

Bijou Theatre

Knox Heritage works to preserve structures and places with historic or cultural significance. Established in 1974 as a non-profit educational corporation, Knox Heritage is chartered by the state of Tennessee and governed by a board of directors representing all areas of our community.

Knox Heritage has rehabilitated 10 houses in Knoxville as part of their Vintage Homes program. These houses are taken from the brink and put back in the real estate market so that new owners can call them home. Not only does this help increase stability in neighborhoods, but it also prevents houses from being demolished, which means all those materials would sit in a landfill.


Over the past 37 years, Knox Heritage has worked to preserve and revitalize historic resources in Knox County. The organization was founded by a group of concerned citizens who rallied to save the Bijou Theatre in Downtown Knoxville that was slated for demolition. The Bijou Theatre is now one of the premier entertainment venues in the southeast. Knox Heritage continues to be instrumental in Downtown Knoxville's renaissance by assisting developers and property owners with historic tax credits and other programs.

Every May, during National Preservation Month, Knox Heritage releases the Fragile 15 of Knox County’s most endangered historic places. That list is then used to frame the organization’s advocacy work throughout the year.

Throughout the year, Knox Heritage hosts numerous events to assist property owners and neighborhoods. Special membership only events take members to historic places all over the community that are rarely open to the general public.

How to Support

Knox Heritage is a membership organization so please consider joining and actively participating on one of the many committees, attend one of our events, and shop in our Salvage Room on Thursdays from 1:00-5:00 or by appointment anytime.

Volunteer opportunities:

1. OFFICE/CLERICAL WORK. We often need folks to help stuff envelopes, file paperwork, do research, or organize shelves and closets. Contact the office at 865-523-8008 if you can help for 2 hours or more at a time. No drop-by help, please; we need this kind of work to be arranged in advance.

2. ARCHITECTURAL SALVAGE. Knox Heritage accepts, organizes, prices, and sells donated architectural salvage to help support our other efforts. If you can swing a hammer, turn a screwdriver, and don't mind getting a little dusty, we can use you! Learn more about this work here: Or, contact Beth Meadows at 523-8008 or [email protected]

3. SPECIAL EVENTS. We often need greeters, and other work requiring lots of smiles, at some of our events. It's a great way to meet other Knox Heritage members and to learn more about the work we do. (Please note: Summer Supper host teams are arranged well in advance and independently from the KH office.) Call Becky at 865-523-8008.

4. COMMITTEE SERVICE. Knox Heritage board members and other individuals have made a commitment to meet once a month to help accomplish various aspects of our work in historic preservation. We encourage anyone who might be interested in the following areas and activities to join us at a committee meeting. Not sure where you'd fit in? Visit several committees before you make a decision. Call 523-8008 for more info.

Frequency: Meets once a month at 5:30 p.m. on the second Monday
Location: Carriage House, 1300 N. Broadway
Staff Contact: Becky Hancock, 523-8008
Goals: Meet and exceed all income expectations through diversified vehicles
a. Grow general membership
b. Build budget to include property purchases
c. Cultivate major individual & corporate donors

Subcommittee of Resource Development: Marketing Task Force. To review, plan, and implement marketing plan, publicity and promotional activities, and more. Meetings announced to the subcommittee. Call the office to be added to the list for meeting announcements.

Frequency: Meets once a month at 8:15 a.m. on the fourth Thursday (except Nov and Dec; check for adjusted meeting days)
Location: Carriage House, 1300 N. Broadway
Staff Contact: Hollie Cook, 523-8008
Goals: Advocate issues of major importance to Knox Heritage
a. Identify key issues and recommend position statements for board approval
b. Work with other organizations in supporting or opposing issues of mutual interest
c. Establish leadership role in sustainability through preservation
d. Promote economic impact of Knox Heritage activities
e. Lead coalition of regional heritage organizations

Frequency: Meets once a month at 12:00 p.m. on the third Monday
Location: The Orangery, 5412 Kingston Pike (in Bearden). Parking on site.
Staff Contact: Becky Hancock, 523-8008
Goals: Promote historic preservation through educational events and activities
a. Increase annual revenue with special events
b. Strengthen educational component of every special event

Subcommittee of Special Events: Cocktails at the Station. To plan and execute our fall fundraiser, held each fall. Meetings announced to subcommittee. Call the office to be added to the list for meeting announcements.

Frequency: Meets once a month at 5:30 p.m. on the third Tuesday
Location: Varies; contact Knox Heritage for monthly location
Staff Contact: Hollie Cook, 523-8008
Goals: Purchase, renovate and sell historic homes
a. Clarify committee’s authority and scope of work
b. Seek partners
c. Create a fundraising plan that supports growth

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