McClung Warehouses bricks to be sold for fundraiser

McClung Warehouses bricks to be sold for fundraiser

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Demolition crews have hauled away much of the rubble from the McClung Warehouses, but some of that rubble will now go to save other historic buildings. Demolition crews have hauled away much of the rubble from the McClung Warehouses, but some of that rubble will now go to save other historic buildings.
The city announced a plan last week to donate 500 of the building's bricks to Knox Heritage, a non-profit historic preservation advocacy group. The city announced a plan last week to donate 500 of the building's bricks to Knox Heritage, a non-profit historic preservation advocacy group.
Kim Trent says the bricks will be sold to those wanting a piece of McClung history, and the money raised will go towards helping save other historic properties. Kim Trent says the bricks will be sold to those wanting a piece of McClung history, and the money raised will go towards helping save other historic properties.

By DREW GARDNER
6 News Reporter

KNOXVILLE (WATE) - Demolition crews have hauled away much of the rubble from the McClung Warehouses, but some of that rubble will now go to save other historic buildings.

The city announced a plan last week to donate 500 of the building's bricks to Knox Heritage, a non-profit historic preservation advocacy group.

"We have a program here, the Salvage Room, where we take donations of architectural salvage and we resell it for people to use in new projects," said Knox Heritage Executive Director Kim Trent.

Trent says the bricks will be sold to those wanting a piece of McClung history, and the money raised will go towards helping save other historic properties.

"We thought with these bricks we can have a commemorative inscription put on them and that way, people can have a little piece of it to remember it by while also helping save other endangered buildings by supporting our endangered properties fund," said Trent.

The warehouses burned for a second time at the start of the month. Some hoped that the remaining building could be preserved, but structural engineers determined it was just too damaged to save.

While Trent says this has been a huge historical loss to the city the attention it is getting will be a big boost to other at risk properties.

"The good that comes out of this is that people see they can be lost and how fragile they are and how important they are to the community so it really rallies folks around preservation with each loss," said Trent.

Knox Heritage says 500 is the maximum number of bricks it can handle. There is no word from the city on whether it will have any say over the remaining bricks.

If you would like to get on the waiting list to own a commemorative brick, you can call Knox Heritage at (865) 523-8008 or email info@knoxheritage.org.

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