Saturday, May 21, 2011

Urban Mystery Picture #7

Well this week gave us a first. No one guessed the correct answer to Urban Mystery Picture #6. It was a particularly interesting brick design on the side of a building and there are so many of those around downtown it must be difficult to remember where we may have seen a particular pattern. Or do we take them for granted? As new buildings rise around the city with little or none of this turn-of-the-century flourish, we might come to appreciate them more.

So here is what baffled everyone:
Urban Mystery Picture #6

It may be that the difficulty was also increased because it may be out of the typical pathways many of us tend to routinely follow. Here's the bigger picture and the answer:

Fraternal Order of Eagles, Across from Immaculate Conception Catholic Church
Located at Walnut and Vine, it isn't even one of our extraordinary buildings, but the brick work is pretty cool. We'll have to brush up on our brickwork more later. For now, we'll leave that and return very much to the beaten path. See if you can identify the location of the photograph below. Remember, to win you have to be the first to post the correct answer in the comments below AND you have to e-mail me at Good luck (and be brushing up on your brick-work!)

Urban Mystery Picture #7

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At May 21, 2011 at 8:50 AM , Anonymous Chad Boetger said...

I can't remember the name of the building...but it's on the west side of Gay Street at the corner of Gay and Summit. Home of the Blue Plate Special.

At May 21, 2011 at 1:04 PM , Anonymous Art said...

Unlike the rest of downtown, relatively few people other than church attenders, Summit Towers residents, and urban explorers ever venture up the hill. Which brings up a point--why is some of the most interesting and scenically valuable real estate in downtown--its highest hill--so ill used and ignored? Are we that averse to riverfronts and beautiful summits that all we can think to do with them are house the elderly, store water, and treat sewage?

At May 22, 2011 at 11:36 AM , Blogger tthurman said...

I see the Eagles lodge building everyday from work, but admit I didn't get the photo. I've often wondered the same thing, why haven't the areas off to the side of Ryans Row been taken advantage of? Until story on Jackson Ave the other day I felt the same way about it. Apparently there is a lot more going on than I thought, but seemingly much more could be going on there as well.

At May 22, 2011 at 8:16 PM , Blogger Knoxville Urban Guy said...

I agree with you guys. I've wondered how long Summit Towers can possibly hold that piece of real estate. I think there would be room on that hill for a little sqaure of sorts. It's hard for me to believe that something won't happen at some point. I could imagine a terraced connection running from that hill down to Jackson.


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