Molly June Stanford, remember this? When you helped us on the house for a while? Just stumbled across this today stuck at home.
Molly Hyatt from the city came across these images looking for something else and shared it with us years ago. I saved them but talking to Mike Woodfin on the Knoxville Tennessee History & Memories Facebook page.
In 1936 a sink hole opened up swallowing a car right next to our house. Talking with Mike Woodfin whose mother grew up in the second house behind Ms. Temple's (a boarding house by that time) we've struck up a conne...ction here with trying to locate images of these houses to tell us all more about the neighborhood. I thought I would post these here from the city files on the incident-share freely so we can all learn more about each others connections to downtown. Perhaps together we can find out more. Margaret and Bud Alber's lived immediately behind us. I interviewed both though Bud was just a baby when they lived there. Margaret remembered Ms. Temple well and thanks to Flossie McNabb Sonneland, whose grandfather owned this property at some point in time, we were able to arrange the interviews. These sorts of connections are invaluable about learning about Knoxville's past. In this instance the house we just restored. Please feel free to add and share so we can continue to compile more and more shared information.
Another fun art show at the Temple-Pittman House. Come see us-we don't bite. Unless of course you want us to.
Name change: As I understand it the proper way to name a historic house is the first name is either the person that built the house or was famous while the second name is that of the person who saved/restored the house.
I have struggled for years about the Chambliss connection as that's the family that had the house built and lived it the longest as a single family home. They also bought the land next door that eventually would be "The Duplex" but for most of it's life was ...a yard. Daniel M. Chambliss was quite an accomplished fellow including being participatory in creating Knoxville's first airport that eventually became McGhee-Tyson Airport.
But it's this houses second owner and the last one to own it as a single family home until we moved in, Ms. Mary Boyce Temple, that was well known. Cutting to the chase she saved Blount Mansion knowing it was the birthplace of Tennessee as a state from guess what....yep, a parking lot-for the new Tennessee Terrace Hotel (later to be named the Andrew Johnson Building). She wrote the check to secure ownership, helped to form the board to raise the funds for purchase and restoration. So in the end she is responsible for the first act of historic preservation in Knoxville. So that's why it was so fitting for us to stumble along and take on her own houses rescuing from yes....another parking lot. We have preserved the house of the woman who died here that saved the first house and started the preservation movement. I'm proud of that.
All that to say it could be called the Chambliss-Temple-Pittman House, which I suppose is the most accurate but it's a mouthful. I held off for a long time in adding my name to it because it feels tacky to me, feeling my name should only be added when I am dead. But from most folks I have talked to about this, the proper thing I am told is to go with the person that built it or made it famous. So we chose the latter since I don't know, the idea of the house that our state was founded in was saved by this lady-seems appropriate.
If anyone has any other helpful information in a better way to name the house I'm all ears. In the meantime I don't guess I mind adding the Pittman family name to it. Something both of my paternal grandparents are very very proud of. And I guess in some way so am I. Hence the name change.
Our annual show featuring Hallowe'en-inspired Art
Featuring Art and Craft by
The last Temple-Pittman House First Friday show of 2017! This show is offering some very different kind of work from three artists that do not live here in town. Keegan McGee, Stephen Haas, and Alden Klaput will each have a room in the house for their work. We'll have hors d'ouevres and wine as usual and the Temple-Pittman House takes no percentage from the artist so all sales go directly for art. We try to offer art that is different and this art most definitely is. This probably NOT a show to bring children to though most in the past have been. That is your choice but the art may be very provocative which is precisely what we are hoping to bring to town. Art you haven't seen before.
We are looking very forward to hosting this show for Michael Arpino. This should be a fun and very tidy show. We thrill in showing off as diverse a group of artists as possible here.
Join me on Friday, May 5th from 7-11 PM for my free Fearsome Critters Art Show! Hosted by the historic Mary Boyce Temple House in downtown Knoxville, the show w...ill feature dozens of my new and never before exhibited paintings and sculptures. I'm excited to see you there! Check the link below for the event page.
I have really enjoyed this collaboration with Amos Oaks. Well all of it but that red board. Damnit my arm still hurts from that one. hahaha But "Primary Faith" is the name of this Tryptic. All images and pricing will be posted a few days prior to the show on April 22nd here at the Temple House.
"Primary Faith"......our collaboration tryptic. Three boards, red, blue, and yellow, with three distinct takes of my work on the boards Amos Oaks built and re...ndered in his hand. Now that my work is done on this he has taken them back to his studio for his overlay and sealing. These pieces shall be offered together as a family or individually depending upon the buyers option. Pricing and all the other images will be posted a few days prior to the show April 22nd. I am so excited.
Okay....now I share with everyone.
Okay kids.....and so it goes. Alan of course sticks his neck out there and finds out things early and we can never repay him enough. But darn it.....we have p...ut too much into transforming our corner of downtown to have it cast in the shadow of yet more student housing. I am NOT happy about this. All those who thinks 300 unit student housing tower walling off Hill Avenue to be the first thing you see when you cross the bridge instead of this nice historic residential street we all put so much into? Thoughts?
Okay kids.....and so it goes. Alan of course sticks his neck out there and finds out things early and we can never repay him enough. But darn it.....we have put too much into transforming our corner of downtown to have it cast in the shadow of yet more student housing. I am NOT happy about this. All those who thinks 300 unit student housing tower walling off Hill Avenue to be the first thing you see when you cross the bridge instead of this nice historic residential street we all put so much into? Thoughts?