Rick Dover, Knoxville entrepreneur and Family Pride Corporation leader, is proud to share that Gov. Bill Haslam has expressed his support of the development of the Alexander Inn into an assisted living center.
Q: Why has Gov. Haslam thrown his support behind this project?
Rick Dover, Knoxville entrepreneur: Gov. Haslam has always worked to support projects that fulfill two needs: preserving the past and offering new opportunities for the future. Haslam has noted that the Alexander Inn project is a prime example for other communities throughout the United States. Knox Heritage along with the ETPA have submitted a nomination for the Historic Preservation Award in honor of the hotel. Continue reading
Gov. Bill Haslam recently threw his support behind the nomination for a national award naming Rick Dover, Knoxville developer and president of Family Pride Corp.
East Tennessee Preservation Alliance (ETPA) and Knox Heritage have offered a joint nomination signifying the efforts by Rick Dover of Knoxville to convert the Alexander Inn into a first-class assisted living center for residents of east Tennessee. Rick Dover, Knoxville developer, says the building has been vacant for over 20 years and that it has suffered damage and decay in the interim.
In order to acknowledge the hard work of Rick Dover of Knoxville and the Family Pride Corp. organization, Gov. Haslam sent a letter to the National Trust for Historic Preservation based in Washington, D.C. The requirements for this award mandate a partnership with a federal organization. Partners may include local and state governments, businesses, individuals, not-for-profit organizations, or Native Hawaiian and Indian tribes. The Advisory Council on Historic Preservation in partnership with the National Trust for Historic Preservation issued a call for nominations earlier this year. Continue reading
Richard E. Dover has been involved with preserving several historic structures in Tennessee, North Carolina and Florida for more than 20 years. Richard E. Dover and Family Pride Corporation restore historical structures to be utilized for retirement housing and other commercial purposes. Richard E. Dover has won several awards for his work.
These days, Richard E. Dover and Family Pride Corporation are excited to work on the historic Alexander Inn in Oak Ridge, Tenn. The goal of this project is to renovate the former inn and turn it into an assisted living community, says Richard E. Dover. According to Richard E. Dover, the renovation will take nine months, and the first step is to demolish anything that is hazardous to the crew. The general frame and structure, however, are in great shape, says Richard E. Dover.
Richard E. Dover, general manager of Family Pride Corporation, has a reputation for preserving historical sites while creating new living spaces for older adults. The Alexander Inn, or Guest House, as it was once called, is a stellar example of the commitment to historical preservation Richard E. Dover embodies in his work. In this Q&A, Richard E. Dover explains how Family Pride Corporation was able to share a piece of history with the people of Oak Ridge, Tenn., through the renovation of the Alexander Inn.
Q: Can you please share some background on the Alexander Inn and this renovation project?
Richard E. Dover: The Alexander Inn was built in 1942 and was originally called the Guest House. In those days, scientists working on the atomic bomb called the Guest House home. Over the years, the building became dilapidated, but it holds so much history that it’s now a protected historic site. Family Pride Corporation is renovating the Alexander Inn back to its original 1940’s look and converting the building into an assisted living site for seniors.
Renovations are underway at the historic but dilapidated Alexander Inn on East Madison Road near Knoxville with a goal to convert the former inn into a senior living center. Workers have demolished the inn’s ballroom, dining room and kitchen since the wood was rotted from a leaking roof. Alexander Inn had been vacant for over two decades, thus falling victim to weather, vandals and animals. According to project manager Shea Ramsey, work to get rid of asbestos and mold could last several weeks. Richard E. Dover, owner and general manager of Family Pride Corporation, anticipates construction work to take up to one year.
During the Second World War, Alexander Inn hosted such notable physicists as J. Robert Oppenheimer and Enricho Fermi, who were part of the top-secret Manhattan Project. Historic preservationists had petitioned to save the building for more than 10 years.