Richard E. Dover explained that Family Pride Corp. is in the process of converting the Guest House/Alexander Inn into a brand-new retirement community for Knoxville area residents. The Guest House/Alexander Inn had been closed since the mid-1970s and had fallen into disrepair. By maintaining the classic architecture of the original building, Dover plans to share its rich traditions with a present-day audience.
A graduate of UT – Knoxville and a proud resident of east Tennessee, Richard E. Dover has dedicated his life to the field of real estate development. Dover’s specialty in historic preservation has allowed him to embark upon a series of rewarding projects in Tennessee, Texas, Florida and California. Besides his work in Loudon County, Richard E. Dover has plans for a restoration project involving the historic Knoxville High School.
The Guest House/Alexander Inn project is well underway, according to Richard E. Dover. This Jackson Square landmark is slated to hold 64 apartments for seniors who are looking to enjoy their retirement years in a warm and welcoming environment. In addition to the senior-living arrangements, the refurbished Guest House/Alexander Inn will contain a museum with memorabilia of the scientists and government leaders who stayed at the location during World War II. During the 1940s, the Guest House/Alexander Inn served as a prime residence for many participants in the Manhattan Project.
Expected to open in Spring 2015, the Guest House/Alexander Inn property featured a partial tour last month in conjunction with the annual conference for the ETPA (East Tennessee Preservation Alliance). Eager to share the developments to date, Richard E. Dover hosted an open house that allowed Alliance members to take a peek at this special property.