KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WVLT)-- For the past 40 years, Knox Heritage has helped preserve Knoxville's history and now they have a new place to call home; the historic Westwood home in Sequoyah Hills.
Built in 1890, behind a serpentine wall, Westwood was constructed for John and Adelia Armstrong Lutz as a wedding present. Adelia’s father and grandfather had already built notable homes on Kingston Pike: Bleak House and Crescent Bend. Together these houses are known as the “Three Sisters.” With Historic Westwood’s preservation, all three will be preserved for future generations to use and enjoy.
The home will now be the permanent office space for Knox Heritage along with a museum, educational center for preserving history and an event center.
Since the home was originally a wedding present, Knox Heritage celebrated the home's grand opening with a wedding celebration. It was complete with a bride and groom, cake, sparkling apple cider and plenty of guest to help celebrate.
It was an exciting and emotional day for Knox Heritage and wouldn't have been possible without the generosity of the Aslan Foundation which donated the historic home to Knox Heritage.
The total cost of the renovations came in around $3 million.