Keep Knoxville Beautiful Announces 2020 Orchid Awards Nominees

Communications Director

Kristin Farley
(865) 215-2589

400 Main St., Room 691
Knoxville, TN 37902

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Keep Knoxville Beautiful Announces 2020 Orchid Awards Nominees

Posted: 01/06/2020
On February 25th, 2020 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 Space, Public Art, Redesign / Reuse, and Restaurant / Café / Bar / Brewery. 

“The nominees for the 38th annual Orchids Awards represent the ever growing development of Knoxville”, stated Keep Knoxville Beautiful Executive Director Alanna McKissack. 

The nominees for Environmental Stewardship are the Shelton Group and the new KUB Engineering Building. 

The nominees for New Architecture are the Cathedral of the Most Sacred Heart Jesus, Hardin Valley Middle School, KCDC’s Five Point Phase 3, Regions Bank- Northshore, Summit Corporate Headquarters Office Building, Tate’s School Multipurpose Building- “The Barn”, The Crozier Condominiums, The University of Tennessee Golf Facility, The University of Tennessee Student Union, and the Volunteer Boulevard Parking Garage. 

The nominees for Outdoor Space are Augusta Quarry at Fort Dickerson Park, Jackson Avenue- Old City Redevelopment, Jewelry Television Entry Plaza, Randy Tyree Performance Lawn at World’s Fair Park, Suttree Landing Pavilion and Kayak Launch, UT Volunteer Boulevard Streetscape, and Waterfront Drive.

The nominees for Community Space are the All Saints Catholic Church Community Garden, Birdhouse- Porch Restoration, New Hopewell Community School, Marble City Community Garden, and Saint John’s Prayer Garden. 

The nominees for Public Art are Cassiopeia-Market Square Garage Mural, KNOX Letters at the Knoxville Convention Center, and the Karns Senior Center- 1 Karns Mosaic Mural.

The nominees for Redesign/Reuse are 822 Sevier Avenue, Chesapeake’s West, Commerce Building- Downtown Knoxville MIG, Cowan Cottage, Elst Brewing + Taproom, Embassy Suites, First Presbyterian Church, Full Service BBQ, Knoxville High Independent Senior Living, KYBRA Athletics, The Press Room, Maple Hall and The Parlor, Market Square Public Restrooms, Park City Improvement Company, SmartBank, The Daniel, The Orangery Village, The Mill and Mine, and The Swift. 

The nominees for Restaurant / Café / Bar / Brewery are Bluhen Botanicals Wellness Center, Central Filling Station, Full Service BBQ, Chesapeake’s West, Maple Hall and The Parlor, The Oak Room by Abridged, Elst Brewing + Taproom, and Fin Two. 

Additionally, The Mary Lou Horner Beautification Award will honor The Miller Building. This award is given to an Orchids winner from 10 or more years ago that has maintained their orchid-worthy status. 

Keep Knoxville Beautiful will announce the winners of the beautification awards at the Orchids Awards Dinner on Tuesday, February 25, 2020, at 6:00pm 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. 

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All proceeds benefit Keep Knoxville Beautiful’s programs.