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Alexander Inn renovations to be discussed

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An update on the Guest House/Alexander Inn renovation project will be given during the Oak Ridge Heritage and Preservation Association's membership and public meeting on July 11.

The meeting starts at 7 p.m. in Midtown Community Center, 102 Robertsville Road.

Rick Dover, general manager of the Family Pride Corp. and Knox Heritage's Ethiel Garlington, director of preservation field services for the East Tennessee Preservation Alliance, will present the program.

Garlington will provide a summary of ETPA’s Endangered List of top structures of concern in East Tennessee for historical preservation.

The Guest House is being stabilized as a result of the U.S. Department of Energy's $500,000 grant for that purpose.

Dover has requested photographs of the Guest House so he can gain as much information as possible about the original appearance of the structure.

Those who have photographs of the Guest House/Alexander Inn during the early years are asked to bring them to the meeting.

It is Dover’s stated intent to return the original exterior appearance as nearly as possible.

“As he has done this type of work before, he fully understands the requirements for historic preservation standards of the Department of the Interior,” an ORHPA release said.

“The Guest House will add immeasurably to the historic Townsite/Jackson Square.”

The Oak Ridge Heritage and Preservation Association serves to promote historic preservation and the history of Oak Ridge's heritage.

Monthly meetings are open to the public.

ORHPA's mission is to preserve Oak Ridge's history and its built environment, such as early structures, and develop education and cultural resources for the benefit of present and future generations.