Keep Knoxville Beautiful Announces 2019 Orchid Awards Nominees

Communications Director

Kristin Farley
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(865) 215-2589

400 Main St., Room 691
Knoxville, TN 37902

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Keep Knoxville Beautiful Announces 2019 Orchid Awards Nominees

Posted: 01/10/2019
On February 28th, 2019 Keep Knoxville Beautiful will host its annual Orchid Awards dinner, honoring Knoxville’s most beautiful properties, public spaces, and public art.

Awards will be presented to winners in seven different categories: Environmental Stewardship, New Architecture, Outdoor Space, Community Garden, Public Art, Redesign/Reuse, and Restaurant/Café/Bar/Brewery. 

“The nominees for the 37th annual Orchids Awards truly represent the amazing work that is being done in Knoxville”, stated Keep Knoxville Beautiful Executive Director Alanna McKissack. “We are excited to announce that we have a new category this year, Community Garden. This award will recognize schools, neighborhoods, churches, etc. that have implemented successful community spaces.”

The nominees for Environmental Stewardship are the Gastrointestinal Associates Medical Office Building, Cumberland Avenue Corridor Project, Knoxville Convention Center, and the Tennessee School for the Deaf High School and Dining Hall.

The nominees for New Architecture are the Cathedral of the Most Sacred Heart Jesus, Hardin Valley Middle School, Gastrointestinal Associates Medical Office Building, KCDC’s Five Point Phase 2, Tate’s School Multipurpose Building- “The Barn”, the Ken and Blaire Mossman Building, Regions Bank- Northshore, Tennessee Cancer Specialist, Gibbs Middle School, Greater Knoxville Dermatology, and Hardin Valley Internal Medicine & Urgent Care. 

The nominees for Outdoor Space are the UT Volunteer Boulevard Streetscape, Dogwood Elementary Nature Trail, the Cumberland Avenue Corridor Project, Central Filling Station, Hyatt Place Downtown Rooftop. The Mill and Mine, Waterfront Drive, Jackson Avenue- Old City Redevelopment, Fort Dickerson Park Entrance, and The Mabry Hazen House. 

The nominees for Community Garden are the Christenberry Outdoor Classroom, New Hopewell Community School, Marble City Community Garden, All Saints Catholic Church Community Garden, and Saint John’s Prayer Garden.
The nominees for Public Art are the Clinch Avenue Pedestrian Ramp- Firefly Mural, KNOX Letters at the Knoxville Convention Center, Karns Senior Center- 1 Karns Mosaic Mural, State Street Garage sculpture, Gay Street Viaduct to Jackson Avenue steps mural, and Right Angle Reply (Tall Grasses) at the Knoxville Botanical Gardens. 

The nominees for Redesign/Reuse are Knoxville High Independent Senior Living, Cowan Cottage, Loch and Key Productions, The Tombras Group, The Press Room, Kefi, the Cumberland Avenue Corridor Project, Hyatt Place Downtown Knoxville, Chesapeake’s West, The Orangery Village, The Mill and Mine, Maple Hall, KYBRA Athletics, The Swift, and Bliss Clothing Store and Cruze Farm Ice Cream (Miller’s Building). 

The nominees for Restaurant/Café/Bar/Brewery are Full Service BBQ, Kitchen 919, Kefi, Central Filling Station, Chesapeake’s West, Maple Hall, The Parlor, and The Swift, and Bliss Clothing Store and Cruze Farm Ice Cream (Miller’s Building). 

Additionally, The Mary Lou Horner Beautification Award will be granted to a former Orchid Award winner whose property remains Orchid-worthy.

Keep Knoxville Beautiful will announce the winners of the beautification awards at the Orchids Awards Dinner on Thursday, February 28, 2019, at 6:00 pm at The Press Room, 730 N. Broadway. The evening will include live music, a complimentary beer and wine reception, a signature Post Modern Spirits cocktail, dinner, and the awards ceremony. Mayor Rogero and a special guest from Keep America Beautiful will be the speakers for the night. 

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All proceeds benefit Keep Knoxville Beautiful’s programs.