UT eyes new demolition date of Neyland's house

UT eyes new demolition date of Neyland's house

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UT eyes new demolition date of Neyland's house

2111 Terrace Avenue is a historic address on the University of Tennessee’s campus.

The first resident of the house there was General Robert Neyland, but now UT wants to demolish it. Neyland (at that time Major Neyland) lived at 2111 Terrace Avenue from 1927 through 1929, and never lost a game while a resident.

UT initially planned to demolish the house in December 2017, at an estimated cost of $38,000. However, the project has apparently been delayed to this point because of complexities they did not foresee and also because of public attention drawn to it.

The University of Tennessee has owned the 2111 Terrace Avenue house since 1964 and it has been vacant for nearly two years. UT’s Department of Environmental Health and Safety occupied the house until May 10, 2016, but relocated and the department now occupies space in East Stadium Hall along Tee Martin Drive.

Public support in saving the house with an idea of turning it into a museum, displaying Neyland’s accomplishments on and off the field, has been at the forefront with supporters signing an online petition started by Knoxville resident Greg Minton.

But preserving the house appears to be a long shot now, as UT is looking to demolish the landmark before fall semester classes begin August 22 and before football season kicks off, bringing many people interested in UT football history back to campus.

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