Former American Legion building to be razed

Downtown site to become surface parking lot

One of the central business district’s nondescript modernist architecture buildings is being demolition.

Knoxville-based Horne Development is razing the former American Legion building located at 215 Rosa Parks (Eighth Avenue North) Blvd. Horne, which bought the building from American Legion, Department of Tennessee, in September 2009 for $900,000, will replace the two-story structure with surface parking, likely to be used exclusively by individuals who work in the adjacent Freedom Center building.

“The parking will be almost exclusively for the Freedom Center's use,” said Joe Rayfield, Horne director of property management. “The Freedom Center has always been a little short on parking.”

Nashville-based Demo Plus is handling the razing, with the site to be cleared within approximately three weeks and ready for paving, Rayfield said.

Built in the 1970s, the American Legion building (seen below in the lower right corner of the image courtesy of Google Maps) is one of a mere handful of structures demolished within the central business district since the city’s urban infill construction boom hit in the early 2000s.