Stop Plans to Remove the Houses at 1302, 1308, and 1312 White Avenue
  • Petitioned The University of Tennessee, Knoxville

This petition was delivered to:

Chancellor Jimmy G. Cheek, UT Knoxville
The University of Tennessee, Knoxville
Tennessee State Historical Commission

Stop Plans to Remove the Houses at 1302, 1308, and 1312 White Avenue

    1. Allison Reagan
    2. Petition by

      Allison Reagan

      Knoxville, TN

The three Victorian houses located on the 1300 block of White Ave. each have a distinctly rich heritage associated with the history of Knoxville and the University of Tennessee. Removing vernacular architecture is detrimental to the city landscape, and also sets a dangerous precedent likely to be emulated by private owners and developers. If the University of Tennessee endorses the destruction of these houses, it undermines the authority of the city and its establishments which have fought to protect Knoxville from unscrupulous profiteers who disregard the city's history in favor of development. This petition urges UT to seek an alternate site for its proposed building project and to reaffirm its cooperation with and commitment to the City of Knoxville and its ongoing efforts towards historic preservation.

By permission of Jack Neely, here is a link to his recent article outlining the historical significance of these houses:

Recent signatures


    1. Reached 2,000 signatures


    Reasons for signing

    • Carla Smith PHILLIPSTON, MA
      • 5 months ago

      I don't see any reason to tear down buildings that are still sound and especially if people still reside in them. I could see if they were falling in and a hazard or if it was abandoned and was being used as a crack house. I say leave it alone.

    • Roberta Dennis ROCKWOOD, TN
      • 7 months ago

      I grew up in Knoxville and enjoyed looking at these homes.

    • Elizabeth Haynes WALSALL, UNITED KINGDOM
      • 9 months ago

      I received my degree from UTK many years ago. Coming from Knoxville, I am very familiar with this area and loved the architecture and character of it. It is very short-sighted of UT to knock down well-preserved, historic houses to build soulless blocks. I sincerely hope they will rethink this decision.

    • Charlotte Dennison KNOXVILLE, TN
      • 10 months ago

      We were once a resident at the Victorian Houses and even though they need repairs the are an important part of the Knoxville and UT heritage for future generations.

      • 11 months ago

      This is important to me because (1) this neighborhood deserves to remain just that, a neighborhood; (2) I wonder what brownfields are available in the university vicinity that could better serve the university needs; (3) UTK should be a good citizen of our community -- it does not stand alone and it should respect and be a part of the forward progress our community is making.


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