Developer to sell off items from historic Alexander Inn

Developer to sell off items from historic Alexander Inn ahead of renovations

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"I think it's a great thing any time you can save a historical building like the Alexander Inn that's such a center point in this community and has such a history within Oak Ridge," Shea Ramsey said. "I think it's a great thing any time you can save a historical building like the Alexander Inn that's such a center point in this community and has such a history within Oak Ridge," Shea Ramsey said.
In preparation for renovations, the group is selling off the items within the historic building. In preparation for renovations, the group is selling off the items within the historic building.
"All these things will be thrown away anyway so we just want to give people a chance to walk away with something from the building," said Beth Meadows with Knox Heritage. "All these things will be thrown away anyway so we just want to give people a chance to walk away with something from the building," said Beth Meadows with Knox Heritage.
The light fixture will be for sale. The light fixture will be for sale.
This dresser is among the items up for sale. This dresser is among the items up for sale.

By ALEXIS ZOTOS
6 News Reporter

OAK RIDGE (WATE) - Work is beginning to preserve Oak Ridge's historic Alexander Inn with renovations to convert it into an assisted living facility.

It's a nine-month process for the inn, once known as the Guest House, that housed some of the top scientists working on the atomic bomb.

Walking along the outside façade of the building today, the project manager for the renovations points to the various things that will need work.

"All the windows, they'll have to be updated. All the wood will need to be the same as it originally was," explained Shea Ramsey.

Family Pride Corporation, the company behind the long awaited renovation of the Alexander Inn, has their work cut out for them.

"We're just starting demolition, removing anything that's hazardous to our crews," Ramsey said.

But despite the dilapidated appearance, the building could be a lot worse.

"The general frame, the general structure is in great shape and the areas that are bad, we'll just start from the ground and build anew," he said.

As a protected historic site, the inn will be preserved to look just like it did in the '40s.

"I think it's a great thing any time you can save a historical building like the Alexander Inn that's such a center point in this community and has such a history within Oak Ridge," Ramsey said.

This Saturday, the public will have a chance to own a piece of that history.

"They're going to be doing demolition soon on the building, so all these things will be thrown away anyway so we just want to give people a chance to walk away with something from the building," said Beth Meadows with Knox Heritage.

Meadows and volunteers will remove all the remaining furniture and items from the dozens of rooms and hold an estate sale.

The public will not be allowed in the back hallways or rooms, but 6 News received a peek inside parts of the crumbling inn.

All furniture and architectural pieces of real historic value have been removed and placed in several local museums, but there are still tons of other items that have been in the inn for years that will be fore sale to the public.

"Mirrors, dressers, bed frames and these upholstered arm chairs," Meadows list some of the many items.

The items are mostly from the '60s and '70s and will priced below $50.

The sale will be from 10-1 on Saturday May 25. The funds will benefit the Eat Tennessee Preservation Alliance and will be an opportunity for the public to take a one-time opportunity to walk through a portion of the famous building and purchase some of its history.

"There's some really neat stuff that's been sitting here," Ramsey pointed out. "And it's in great shape, just knock the dust off it."

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