Before & After ~ The D.D. Renner House

Before photo credit: Knox Heritage.

Before & After ~ The D.D. Renner House, Knoxville, TN. This George F. Barber-designed house had been cut up into six tiny apartments and lost its tower and entry porch before being restored from the original plans by Knox Heritage in 2007. The non-profit used grant funding for the project and then sold the house to a private owner.

Barber was among the most prolific residential architects of the late 19th and early 20th centuries, with his own publishing company promoting his designs in books and magazines and 30 architects and draftsmen supplying blueprints to customers nationwide. Knoxville was his home and base of operations and contains many Barber-designed buildings. T

his Queen Anne house is typical of Barber’s work in that style, with a highly complex form, varied materials, and exuberant wood ornament. It is located across the street from Barber’s own house in Knoxville.

Understanding what is possible is the first step in planning a restoration. “Restoring Your Historic House, The Comprehensive Guide for Homeowners” was written to help homeowners see the potential and then design and execute the project.

Signed and personalized copies of the award-winning and bestselling 720-page hardcover book are available from the author in our shop, YourHistoricHouse.com/shop/.

Our shop also carries select preservation and restoration titles by other authors. Save on cost and shipping with our multi-book combo packs!

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