A new look at downtown structures

Christopher RobinDowntown, Our Town Arts

Just steps from Market Square, the activity center of Knoxville, sits Kendrick Place. You have seen it but maybe have not taken the time to appreciate this historic building. Originally built in 1916, these two structures were renovated in the early 1980s by visionary and preservationist Kristopher Kendrick. His signature is on many Knoxville structures including the Bistro, Park Place and the Old City that gives a backbone to our city’s downtown.

Kendrick Place

Kendrick Place

The interior courtyard of Kendrick Place, known by its residents as “The Mews,” provides an area for neighbors to visit. Each unit’s interior is unique while the front porches, brick sidewalks and large trees create a unified and inviting place to call home. Recently invited to paint the homes by one of the residents, I found them all so charming to paint that I ended up with several variations. I hope you will also find these to be pleasing.

Photographer Chris and painter Robin Rohwer each week share a painting or photograph that captured their interest in hopes that it will also capture yours. They have a small studio and gallery in the Phoenix Building at 418 South Gay Street where you can stop and see their work. Their website is www.ChristopherRobinArts.com. All works are copyright protected.

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