Wednesday, June 18, 2008

Keyhole Doorway

This is the most unusual doorway in Knoxville. Built in the 1890s for the residence and medical office of a Dr. S. M. Miller, this structure is commonly referred to as the Keyhole Building for the distinctive keyhole shaped entryway you see here. From the 1940s to the 1980s, the Keyhole Building was bought and occupied by Knoxville Business College. After the college moved to another facility, the building, which is on the National Register of Historic Places, stood boarded up and neglected until just a few years ago when a local development group rehabbed the three story structure into condominiums, which sold very quickly.

The motorcycle is just a little lagniappe for you, and a reminder that the Honda Hoot motorcycle rally will be spending it's 15th year here in Knoxville starting tomorrow and going through the weekend. Of course I'll try to take some photos!

Also, here's a shout out to Clueless In Boston, whose doorway series inspired me to take this photo.


Louis la Vache said...

Great doorway! It almost looks as if it could have been designed by Hector Guimard! Here's some doorways in Paris.

On a theme related to your Honda in the photo, "Louis" in his Vachemobile gave chase to a Swarm of Vespas.

"Louis" thinks those Visions of Hell! may have been done by the Gothic/Tattoo/Piercing crowd he sees hanging out in a skateboard basin fashioned out of concrete waste that had been dumped on Albany Point.

Erik said...

I like the stone cutting of the address and flower at the curl. Cool building. I've loved Knoxville each time I've visited, but I've never seen the building. Next time.

Tash said...

That's is a very unusual & memorable doorway.

Jim said...

I like the doorway, very neat, and different.

iBlowfish said...

Very unusual doorway to building. I'll find out if there any something like it in my city. Cool shot.

babooshka said...

That is a funky doorway.Not one you'd forget in a hurry. I had to look up lagniappe, me being English. New word of the day. I will drop in conversation when I have had far two many J&D's. As for the forthcoming bikes, well hell you know I'll be stopping by virtually for that for that.

Steve Buser said...

You drive down the street past dozens or even hundreds of doors that you don't even notice and then this one jumps out at you. The architect did a good job of advertising his work

Anonymous said...

Since it was a medical facility I would have guessed the odd doorway or entrance was for people with broken arms in casts stretched straight out.

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Knoxville Girl said...

Louis - loved the doorways in Paris. Your Vespa chase reminded me of a Keystone Cops flick. Quel dommage that they disappeared.

Erik- It's on Church St, around the corner from the Tennessee Theater.

Tash, Jim, & Steve - thanks!

iblowfish - I would love to see some interesting Cleveland doorways.

Babooshka - oh yes there will be bikes. I salute you with a Jack & coke (hold the coke)

Abe - HAHAHAHAHAHA! That is too funny!

Dusty Lens said...

What a unique doorway. Thankflly, this building was saved rather than torn down for a glass box.