Built around a central court, the downtown Knoxville YMCA is based on Italian precedent — but one that is adapted to East Tennessee.
The building, continuously operating as a YMCA since 1929, is carefully designed to remain visually interesting across its mass. Materials of varying textures and colors, the development of an interesting skyline, and variations in fenestration through the use of arcades and recessed loggias combine to create an interesting yet symmetrical design.
The notable BarberMcMurry attention to detailing is apparently from the wrought iron and hand-stenciled street sign to the leader boxes on the downspouts.
Completion Date: 1929
Location: Knoxville, Tennessee
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