Tuesday, May 31, 2016
Richard Dover, Knoxville Property Developer, Explains Benefits of Historic Building Renovation
Old buildings were built to be energy efficient.
According to Richard Dover, Knoxville served as the capital of the Southwest territory until 1817. As such, the city has been well populated since the 19th century and boasts numerous historic buildings from the last 200 years. These buildings were built before the advent of central heat and air so builders utilized insulating materials and paid close attention to the sun’s position during their design process.
Renovation helps the environment.
The process of tearing down and rebuilding creates tons of waste which can harm the environment, says Richard Dover. The Knoxville Solid Waste Management Facility is overloaded with building waste already, so reusing what is currently available helps conserve energy from both processing discarded materials and manufacturing new building products.
Historic properties instill pride in the community.
Few things are more satisfying than visiting a beloved childhood landmark, asserts Richard Dover. Knoxville is full of such monuments including the old Farragut Hotel and the historic Knoxville High School. Dover has played a part in restoring both of these back to their former glory. Buildings such as these remind people that life was not always about getting things done quickly and stand as a testament that quality craftsmanship can last a lifetime.
Historic architecture is more visually appealing.
Dover believes there is something special that makes architecture from prior to the 1970s more interesting than the machine-erected structures of today. Notably, Richard Dover says Knoxville, and especially downtown, has a number of buildings that add visual appeal and historical significance. He points to the Church Of The Immaculate Conception, the Andrew Johnson Hotel, and the Grand Union Building as examples.