East Tennessee History Center

Building Area: 56,600s.f.

Date of Completion: 2004

Type: Addition, Renovations, and Restorations

Location: Knoxville, TN

Budget: $15,500,000

Challenge: Add-on a major new museum expansion and new front door to one of downtown Knoxville’s most historic structures.

Solution: In the mid 1970’s, BarberMcMurry provided complete architectural and project management services for the restoration for a historic United States Custom House into a library, museum, and office facility. The project involved the complete interior and exterior renovation of the building, which is centered in Knoxville’s downtown business district.

In early 2000, BarberMcMurry was selected by the Public Building Authority to provide design services for an addition to the historic 1800s Custom’s House. The addition houses rare book collections, Knox County archives, and will triple the current size of the East Tennessee History Society’s museum.

The new structure is connected to the original building on three of the addition’s five levels. Two of the levels are below grade. The new addition provides a common main entrance for both facilities. Tennessee marble is used throughout the exterior facade to complement the existing building’s architecture.