Tourings Historic Homes In Parkridge

Knoxville (WVLT) -- From wrecking ball to walking tour, you had a chance today to see a pair of historic homes on Saturday in Knoxville's Parkridge.

Renowned architect George Barber designed them more than a century ago, but they had become run-down and were considered to be in the worst shape of any of the homes on Washington Avenue.

But thanks to a grant from Restore America, Knox Heritage bought and renovated them to their former beauty.

"We think it's vitally important for the health of Knoxville and Knox County that we encourage the investment into historic neighborhoods," said Kim Trent, executive director of Knox Heritage. "What we did was we bought two of the worst houses that we could find in the neighborhood and transformed them so we can show people it can be done and how beautiful it could be."

The homes are now in the final stages of the renovation project and both will be offered for sale.

They, along with six other houses, are included in Sunday's Parkridge Home Tour.

It runs from 1:00 PM to 6:00 PM and tickets are $10.

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