Neyland’s house coming down ‘brick by brick’

Neyland’s house coming down ‘brick by brick’

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Neyland’s house coming down ‘brick by brick’

Neyland's House

Photo by Dan Harralson, Vols Wire

KNOXVILLE – It is demolition day for 2111 Terrace Avenue on UT’s campus.

The historic residence housed famed former Tennessee head coach Robert Neyland and later Knoxville businessman and artist Russell Briscoe.

Neyland lived in the house during his famous flu game against Florida in 1928.

The youngest grandchild of Briscoe is Ellen Rochelle and she would visit the house while growing up.

“My grandfather was very much part of Knoxville history, but it is the Neyland factor that got the interest,” Rochelle told Vols Wire.

“They are going to do it brick by brick, no pun intended,” Rochelle said of the demolition. “But really, they will have to because the house is so close to the neighbors house.”

The demolition process will last throughout the early part of October.

Throughout the year Knoxville resident Greg Minton launched a petition in an attempt to preserve the house.

“While I hate knowing that the destruction of General Neyland’s home will be happening, I won’t let it cause destruction to the support I will continue to show to the University of Tennessee,” Minton told Vols Wire. “General Neyland’s house will always remain, not only a very special part of this college’s history, but part of my own life as well.”

Below are pictures of 2111 Terrace Ave. throughout the years provided by Rochelle.

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