Ann Gray is the Executive Director of Cornerstones, Inc., a local preservation nonprofit whose list of endangered properties included the Tomorrow Building (formerly the Ross Hotel building) for years. She says that as investment started returning to the downtown area over the last decade, preservation wasn’t a priority, with old blocks being wiped clean for new development and public amenities. Very recently, though, she’s seeing renewed interest in historic buildings like the 1888 hotel.
Cornerstones hosted a graduation and exhibition reception for the UTC Department of Interior Design and 19 graduating seniors. The graduates showcased their projects for the year that examined the historic preservation and adaptive reuse of the Jazzy Building in downtown Chattanooga.
Cornerstones, Inc. announces the establishment of the Cornerstones Professor in Residence at UTC. Andrew Smith, local educator, architect, and preservationist is the organization’s first Professor to take on the role.
Each year we look back and evaluate the progress and programs of the year. In 2016 Cornerstones went through a tumultuous journey of saving one of Chattanooga's oldest properties, partnered with UTC's department of interior design and established a Cornerstones teacher in residence, and began work on establishing a downtown historic district.