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Johnson Architect Earns Merit Award



Johnson Architecture has earned recognition for a third time for its reimagining of Marble Hall at Lakeshore Park. The East Tennessee Chapter of the American Institute of Architects presented the company with a merit award on May 1.

Johnson Architecture received the distinction in the category of renovation and restoration for its work on the historic chapel. AIA East Tennessee presented its annual Design Awards online in 2020 because of coronavirus precautions with a live video reveal of the 12 winners from 34 project submissions. Johnson Architecture previously earned awards for the preservation project from Knox Heritage and the East Tennessee Historical Society.

The Lakeshore Park board and landscape architect Ross Fowler hired Johnson Architecture to restore Marble Hall. Denark Construction handled the renovation.

Marble Hall originally was constructed in 1958 as a chapel for the Eastern State Psychiatric Hospital, later renamed Lakeshore Mental Health Institute, and is one of the few remaining buildings on the property from that era. 

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