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Article on Modernism in Knoxville, TN

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Wanted to update these links (since that publication, Metro Pulse, went defunct). I'm also adding a handful of additional links (about Bruce McCarty or Alfred + Jane West Clauss) for anyone interested in learning more about these Knoxville architectural legends.

-The Knoxville Homes of German Architect Alfred Clauss - https://web.archive.org/web/20100603063 ... ed-clauss/
-Alfred's wife, Jane West, was a talented architect in her own right - https://pioneeringwomen.bwaf.org/jane-west-clauss/
-Besides Little Switzerland, Alfred and Jane West designed two other modernist houses in Knoxville, I document them here - http://www.mcmtn.com/alfred-and-jane-we ... rt-mengel/

-Knoxville Modernism and Architect Bruce McCarty - https://web.archive.org/web/20100618163 ... e-mccarty/
-The first house this article talks about, the one owned by Annette Anderson, just went up for sale - https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/509- ... 76630_zpid
-The second house the article mentions is a nearby concrete bent house designed by Bruce McCarty - https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/7006 ... 5396_zpid/
-The article next mentions McCarty's award for designing the Bon Air Motel. The motel is gone now, but I documented it here - http://www.mcmtn.com/bon-air-motel/
-The article mentions the House that HOME built, I documented that here - http://www.mcmtn.com/mccarty-house-that-home-built/
-It talks about the Davis House, which you can see well in this old listing - https://www.redfin.com/TN/Knoxville/480 ... /102098964
-It mentions the architect's first residence on Cherokee, that is now demolished

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LapeLover:

Thanks for posting these. It's great to see more of Knoxville's Modernist architecture. Lots of good information and pictures in these.

On a separate note, do you have any idea who designed these 3 Usonian-esque homes (all in a row) on Vista Rd, above 129 at the Pellissippi Interchange? They look like they are from the 50's or 60's.

- 3709 Vista Rd., Louisville, TN 37777

- 3635 Vista Rd., Louisville, TN 37777

- 3625 Vista Rd., Louisville, TN 37777


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Thank you David and LapeLover ! Wonderful coverage of an underexposed regional modernism ?

I was drawn to this linked feature, and wasn't disappointed :

http://www.mcmtn.com/mccarty-cabin/

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DavidC wrote:
Thu Sep 22, 2022 2:33 pm
LapeLover:

Thanks for posting these. It's great to see more of Knoxville's Modernist architecture. Lots of good information and pictures in these.

On a separate note, do you have any idea who designed these 3 Usonian-esque homes (all in a row) on Vista Rd, above 129 at the Pellissippi Interchange? They look like they are from the 50's or 60's.

- 3709 Vista Rd., Louisville, TN 37777

- 3635 Vista Rd., Louisville, TN 37777

- 3625 Vista Rd., Louisville, TN 37777


David
Such good mystery houses David, I'm glad you asked about them. One of the strangest things about them is their build dates, '45, '53, and '60. Odd to see them so far apart. I know precious little, but here's what I got

-3635 is a full blown mystery
-3709 is a full blown mystery as well, but I did get sent some photos a friend took while he was viewing it with his realtor - https://www.flickr.com/photos/phinz/alb ... Z5pPyumCJQ
-3625 I have some initial research on. A builder (I think?) named Ken Milsaps told me that he apprenticed with the designer of the house and that his name was George A. Belleville. According to Ken, he designed lots of houses in the surrounding counties for rich and prominent clients. I've not been able to find any info on Mr. Bellville as of yet, heck I'm not even sure I'm spelling those names right, but that's what I've got. Unfortunately, it was recently bought + renovated and the updates are...rough. The current owners have it up as a rental https://casavistaview.com/
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LapeLover:

Thanks for passing along the information on the 3 mystery houses.

I found a realtor listing for 3625. It also mentions George Belleville as being the designer. What I have found on that name is this contractor listing in Alcoa. Though, on the right-hand side of the page it lists George Belleville as an architect in the state of Alabama with an inactive license. This article from 1972 mentions "...George a. Belleville Alcoa architect...". And, apparently he died in 2002.

I couldn't find much of anything on 3635, either. This Zillow page is happy to misidentify it as a "Frank Lloyd Wrigt design home...".

Here's a realtor listing for 3709, though, it doesn't offer any further information.


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LapeLover:

I'll pass along another MCM architect who worked in TN - Milton Pate. He worked in Oak Ridge from 1959 - 1966. Here are links to 2 of his houses:

- 119 Westlook Circle, Oak Ridge, TN 37830
Front of house photo
Back of house photo
Family Room photo

- 145 N Seneca Rd, Oak Ridge, TN 37830

There is a good number of MCM's in Oak Ridge - given that its "boom time" (so to speak) was in the 50's & 60's.


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The McCarty by McCarty is a splendid house, as near perfection as a house can get.

3625 is also a fine house. The 1957 Chevrolet is a perfect accent, and the circle cut through the stone wall is audacious.

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DavidC wrote:
Fri Sep 23, 2022 1:54 pm
LapeLover:

I'll pass along another MCM architect who worked in TN - Milton Pate. He worked in Oak Ridge from 1959 - 1966. Here are links to 2 of his houses:

- 119 Westlook Circle, Oak Ridge, TN 37830
Front of house photo
Back of house photo
Family Room photo

- 145 N Seneca Rd, Oak Ridge, TN 37830

There is a good number of MCM's in Oak Ridge - given that its "boom time" (so to speak) was in the 50's & 60's.


David
Ahh yes, Milton Pate! I have those two houses in my records. I'll throw one more at you, 110 Wood Ridge Lane (in Oak Ridge). That was the home Milton designed for him and his family (his son, also an architect, was kind enough to confirm that for me. His son wasn't interested in chatting much more, but I did get that piece of info from him). Milton Sr also designed the church at 2110 Merchant Drive (in Knoxville, TN) in conjunction with a Knoxville architect named Glenn Bullock.

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DavidC wrote:
Fri Sep 23, 2022 12:14 pm
LapeLover:

Thanks for passing along the information on the 3 mystery houses.

I found a realtor listing for 3625. It also mentions George Belleville as being the designer. What I have found on that name is this contractor listing in Alcoa. Though, on the right-hand side of the page it lists George Belleville as an architect in the state of Alabama with an inactive license. This article from 1972 mentions "...George a. Belleville Alcoa architect...". And, apparently he died in 2002.

I couldn't find much of anything on 3635, either. This Zillow page is happy to misidentify it as a "Frank Lloyd Wrigt design home...".

Here's a realtor listing for 3709, though, it doesn't offer any further information.


David
Yup, that's about all I could find about Mr. Belleville as well. I saw his name listed in the Tennessee Society of Architects' roster (from 1963), his practice was out of Alcoa, TN. It looks like he had a firm, Belleville & Riley, with a partner (Clarence Riley). Oh and a wedding announcement I found stated that his parents lived in North Carolina, but his bride was from Maryville, TN. Must have been what brought him down that way.

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LapeLover wrote:
Mon Sep 26, 2022 1:52 pm
I'll throw one more at you, 110 Wood Ridge Lane (in Oak Ridge). That was the home Milton designed for him and his family (his son, also an architect, was kind enough to confirm that for me. His son wasn't interested in chatting much more, but I did get that piece of info from him). Milton Sr also designed the church at 2110 Merchant Drive (in Knoxville, TN) in conjunction with a Knoxville architect named Glenn Bullock.
Thanks, LapeLover. Glad to hear that you know of Milton Pate. The house on Wood Ridge Lane has apparently gone through quite a few changes over time - not to its benefit, either.

And, thanks for pointing out the church he designed. Looks very interesting. Though, not a lot of good photos out on the net of it, it seems.


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.All this is in my neighborhood.
Had no idea.
Thanks y'all

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