John T. O’ Connor Senior Citizens Center Greenhouse
Project overview
YEAR: 1988 CLIENT: John T. O' Connor Senior Citizens Center LOCATION: Winona Street, Knoxville, Tennessee VOLUNTEER(S): Bill Moorefiled, RA
  • An existing greenhouse was carefully disassembled and removed from¬† downtown Knoxville.
  • The greenhouse was reinstalled with modifications at the John T. O’Conner Senior Citizens Center.
  • The greenhouse helps the senior clients learn horticulture.
  • The ETCDC was involved with numerous projects at the John T. O’Conner Senior Citizens Center.

 

The John T. O’ Connor Senior Citizens Center is located near downtown Knoxville on Winona Street and provides a variety of services to the city’s elderly population, such as daily blood pressure checks, group card games, billiards, and horseshoes. Other activities available throughout the week include: aerobics, dance classes, and basket weaving. In 1988, the development of a horticultural program … Read More

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The John T. O’ Connor Senior Citizens Center is located near downtown Knoxville on Winona Street and provides a variety of services to the city’s elderly population, such as daily blood pressure checks, group card games, billiards, and horseshoes. Other activities available throughout the week include: aerobics, dance classes, and basket weaving. In 1988, the development of a horticultural program was identified as a beneficial activity and the need to construct a greenhouse became apparent.

That summer, a large downtown development demolished several buildings, including one which had an attached greenhouse. O’Connor was able to purchase the greenhouse and requested assistance from the ETCDC for the take-down, planning of the transport, and reconstruction of the facility at the Senior Center. Design modifications were made and the greenhouse was reinstalled on the south side of the current O’Conner Center, which over the years the ETCDC has also been involved with several renovation and expansion projects, including in 1990, 1995, 1996, and most recently 2007.

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