The Residences at Eastport

BarberMcMurry renovated the Eastport Elementary School (constructed around 1930) and constructed new buildings on adjacent property to provide 85 one-bedroom apartments for low-income senior citizens.

The design respects the existing building by using similar massing and organization for the new construction, rather than attempting to stylistically imitate the school. The four new buildings are arranged around secured courtyards accessible to the residents and their guests. The arrangement mimics the courtyard established by the existing school building, creating secure points of entry and outdoor spaces that are shared by the apartment occupants. The site design allows for a relatively compact and efficient development footprint while maximizing daylight access for the apartments. 

This was the first multi-family residential project in Knoxville to achieve LEED: Platinum certification.

Joint venture with Sanders Pace Architecture.

Completion Date: 2011

Type: Addition/Renovation, New Construction

Location: Knoxville, Tennessee

Building Area: 55,000 SF New; 13,000 SF Renovation

Services: Architecture

Use: Residential


  • 2013 U.S. Green Building Council - East Tennessee Chapter Green Project Award
  • 2013 Tennessee Historical Commission Certificate of Merit
  • 2012 Tennessee Housing Development Agency Best in Innovation Award
  • 2012 Knox Heritage | Knox County Mayor's Award
  • 2012 East Tennessee Preservation Alliance Award
  • 2012 Keep Knoxville Beautiful Orchid Award
  • 2011 US HUD Region IV Signature Project under the Sustainable Communities Initiative

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