Follow the historic preservation of the Eugenia Williams House

Inside the Archive: Uncovering Hidden Treasures

September 18, 2023

Within the walls of the Eugenia Williams House, a quiet history unfolds. It’s the story of a woman’s life told in fragments of a different era. As we continue to explore the many items recovered from the house and grounds…

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Progress Continues

May 11, 2023

Contractors have been hard at work restoring many of the unique exterior and interior features of the Eugenia Williams House and its grounds. The house’s expansive back verandah, which faces south towards the Tennessee River, was initially paved in bluestone.…

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Let the Light In

January 03, 2023

After purchasing the home, the Aslan Foundation removed the plywood boards that had covered the windows of the Eugenia Williams House for several decades and protected them with sheets of custom clear polycarbonate with air vents for environmental control. The…

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Exterior Restoration Underway

July 20, 2022

The exterior restoration of the Eugenia Williams House is underway! The Aslan Foundation has partnered with Hickory Construction and a group of skilled subcontractors to repair and restore major exterior elements as closely as possible to their original conditions.  Areas…

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A Clearer Picture: Removing Invasive Plants from the Grounds

May 03, 2022

Unoccupied since the 1980s, the Eugenia Williams House property became overrun with invasive plant species, threatening many of the trees and native plants. The Aslan Foundation’s Property Team has worked tirelessly to eliminate the invasive species crowding the site, including…

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Eugenia Williams house in the snow.

Dreaming of the Future

January 10, 2022

Knoxville’s recent snowfall has us dreaming about what this grande dame of houses will look like in a future winter once it is fully restored. Keep following the Eugenia Williams’ Houses’s transformation here. The stabilization phase is complete, and exterior…

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Three detail photos of the iron railing outside the Eugenia Williams House.

A House in the Fog

December 15, 2021

Guest post by Laurel Hooker, Knoxville artist I could not see the house when I arrived at the front gate of Eugenia Williams’ former home this past October. It was nine o’clock in the morning, and the broad, curving driveway…

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Watch Video: Phase One of the Restoration

October 22, 2021

This video documents the first phase of the Eugenia Williams House restoration process. Hear from Executive Director of the Aslan Foundation, Andrea Bailey, Brandon Pace and Michael Davis of Sanders Pace Architecture, Eric Kramer of Reed Hilderbrand Landscape Architects, and…

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Photos of the various window shapes at the Eugenia Williams House.

Uncovering the Windows at the Eugenia Williams House

August 11, 2021

Eugenia’s Williams House’s first phase of work includes stabilizing the structure, clearing invasives on the site, and short-term solutions to enhance the building’s security and prepare it for visitors. Aslan Foundation recently took the plywood off the windows and replaced…

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A wooden-framed beekeeping box sits outside the woods at Loghaven Artist Residency.

Eugenia Williams House Bees

June 07, 2021

Environmental preservation is a central part of the Aslan Foundation’s founding mission and is core to many of our projects. When the Foundation purchased the Eugenia Williams House, it had been vacant for thirty years. However, the Foundation soon learned that a large…

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A historic aerial photograph of the Eugenia Williams House property.

Reimagining the Property

March 08, 2021

The structure that we know as the Eugenia Williams House is the second iteration of the Williams family’s homes at the Lyons Bend property. The photo above, dating from the 1920s, shows the Williams family’s first home, where Eugenia lived…

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The architecture team gathers at the millstone tables in the woods behind the Eugenia Williams House.

Our Architecture Team

January 29, 2021

The Aslan Foundation is enthusiastic to be working with the following architecture firms to rehabilitate the Eugenia Williams House and property. Sanders Pace Architecture is the lead architecture firm on the project. Sanders Pace Architecture is based in Knoxville and…

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A historic photo of the Eugenia Williams House in its original condition.

Eugenia Williams House Historic Preservation

December 04, 2020

Guest Post by Michael Davis, AIA, Sanders Pace Architecture Having worked with the Aslan Foundation on many important and iconic Knoxville projects over the last several years, we were thrilled when we were contacted in January 2020 to be a…

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