Symphony League’s ShowHouse: a downtown stunner

If you want to see the latest in downtown living, now’s your chance. The Knoxville Symphony League opened its 2019 Designer ShowHouse last week at Regas Square, and you can get a peek into the very latest in home design through the end of June.

The view from the common patio on the second floor of Regas Square.

During the preview party, several of the designers and homeowners were on-site to welcome guests to the four residential units on display on the sixth floor and the common patio and community room on the second floor. The views were stunning from every angle, and each residence was unique to the taste of its owner.

Regas Square, located at the corner of Gay Street and Depot Avenue next to the historic Regas Restaurant building, includes 101 private residences as well as retail and restaurant space. An underground garage provides an indoor parking spot for every bedroom in the building, and private storage space comes with each unit. All the units feature floor-to-ceiling windows to maximize the spectacular views. More than half the units are sold. So, move quickly if you are interested in having one for yourself.

The Symphony League ShowHouse benefits the Knoxville Symphony Orchestra. It is open Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. and Sunday from 1 to 5 p.m. Admission is $20. Kudos to the chairs of the event: Chris Hamby, Anne Primm and Joyce Simms. Great, great job.

The lobby of the residential portion of the building is elegant and calm.

Melissa and Doug White, partners in the development of Regas Square, plan to sell their traditional West Knoxville home and move into the two-story penthouse after the ShowHouse closes. Here’s the beautiful living room designed by Bennett Galleries.

Melissa White, center, with Susan Farris, left, and Kay Clayton in the kitchen.

Here’s a better look at the kitchen.

The Whites told their designers they wanted the feel of a contemporary English townhouse that would provide a livable dog-friendly, child-friendly space.

Robert Shipley of Bennett Galleries in the living room.

A favorite piece of artwork.

The master bedroom with a balcony. Mount LeConte can be seen from nearly every room.

Faris and Ghada Eid. Faris’ architecture firm, Design Innovation Architects, was part of the Regas Square project team.

I loved these figures in the bedroom: see no evil, hear no evil, speak no evil.

Here’s the eye-popping view from the den.

And from the outside area on the top “bonus” floor.

Next door on the sixth floor is a lovely condo belonging to my friend Angela Howard.

Her interior designer is Paula Clancy of Nouveau Classics. Here are Paula, left, and Angela. (Nice shoes! Ha.)

Rather than a dining table, Art Clancy of Clancy Custom Woodworking designed and built a custom dark wood table that cantilevers off the end of the counter. Very creative.

Another view of that table setup.

Wow. The living room!

Another great balcony view.

Original artwork makes a statement in the bedroom.

The second bedroom has been converted into an office which Angela will use for her writing time.

Next door to Angela will reside Symphony Board member Rick Stone.

Here’s his dramatic living room, designed to show off the view and the art pieces that he collects and loves.

Such as this.

And this!

Rachel Ford is executive director of the Knoxville Symphony. She and my husband, Alan Carmichael, were enjoying Rick’s residence.

A.T. Yanno is the interior designer who transformed the space into “an urban chic bachelor pad,” according to the description in the guide book.

The second bedroom has been turned into a private retreat and office. Wouldn’t it be fun to spend time in this area?

The master bedroom features a “floating” platform bed.

Finally, the developers asked the Symphony League if they would put on display at least one unit that faces north. The League used that unit for its gift shop.

Here’s the view from the balcony facing north. More mountains.

Many people are under the mistaken impression that the units facing north are noisy due to interstate highway traffic. That’s not true. From this pretty living room, you couldn’t hear the interstate at all.

The north-facing unit was designed by a team from Ethan Allen: Mayce Ford, Tammy Henard, Alexander Keith, Sandy Coleman, Maria Ferrer and Missy Maloney.

Need a necklace? The gift shop has plenty!

Socks, perhaps?

You know you need a gurgle fish pitcher!


Meanwhile, back on the second floor, the party was in full swing.

This large room is available for the residents to use.

Sean Claire of the Knoxville Symphony provided beautiful tunes.

It was an inside-outside party on a perfect evening.

From left, Merikay Waldvogel, Daniel Ogle, Jerry Ledbetter and Joe Petre. Both Daniel and Joe are with Conversion Properties, the development manager of the Regas Square project. Joe was the point person for putting on the ShowHouse. The League volunteers said he was wonderful to work with.

From left, Bernie Bernstein, Cathy and Mark Hill, and Barbara Bernstein. The Hills will soon be downtown residents, too, although not at Regas Square. They have put their fantastic South Knoxville home on the market and will be joining the rest of us urban-ites soon! I know they will love it.

From left, Misty Cunningham, Fred Buffum, Cathy Briscoe-Graves and Alan Carmichael are enjoying the scenery.

Some of my favorites! From left, Rose Moseley, Cynthia Sowa, Peggy Turner, Harriet Hodge and Evelyn Shaw.

Mardel Fehrenbach, left, with Tom Shaw and Sheena McCall.

Jacque and Cliff Hawks, left, already live downtown. We are trying to recruit Joey Creswell and Janet Testerman!

Alan Carmichael, left, with Gay and Bill Lyons, also downtown dwellers.

Foie gras crostini, if you can believe! Caterer was Bridgewater Place.

Spinach feta tartlets. Delish!

Seared tuna.

Former Knoxville Mayor and Ambassador to Poland Victor Ashe with Knox County Clerk Sherry Witt.

Susan and Kent Farris with Nancy Erickson, center, enjoying the inside part of the party.

From left, Ralph Cianelli, Jeff Taylor and Rick Fox.

Gil Volk and Jane Venable on the patio.

Debbie and David Jones enjoying the evening.

Theresa Stone, left, with Jay and Joanne Mounger.

Marti Townsend, left, with Townes Osborn and Bob Lederer.

Cathy Briscoe-Graves, left, with Angelyn Campbell. (Love their complementary outfits.)

From left, Lin Oglesby, Victor Ashe and Mark Mamantov. Lots of shopping for Ambassador Ashe, apparently.

So, come see this year’s one-of-a-kind Symphony ShowHouse for yourself before it closes June 30. I think the gift shop has been restocked since Ambassador Ashe’s visit!


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9 Responses to Symphony League’s ShowHouse: a downtown stunner

  1. Rusha Sams, on June 18th, 2019 at 9:18 am said:

    Can’t wait. Going tomorrow! Your photos capture the beauty of Knoxville as well as the designer touches. We’re lucky to have these properties downtown — and the residents, too!

  2. Cynthia Moxley, on June 18th, 2019 at 9:29 am said:

    Rusha: Let me know how you like it! Thanks for the kind words. We are very lucky to have the vibrant and fun downtown we have, aren’t we?

  3. Carol Bradley, on June 18th, 2019 at 10:58 am said:

    I’ll take that gorgeous penthouse – in another life!

  4. Gay Lyons, on June 18th, 2019 at 12:38 pm said:

    Great night: Inspiring decor & views. Impressive amenities. And fun preview party.

  5. Cynthia Moxley, on June 18th, 2019 at 12:45 pm said:

    Carol: Move to Knoxville and buy it!

    Gay: Agree! Just stunning.

  6. Becky Paylor, on June 18th, 2019 at 12:52 pm said:

    You managed to capture the beauty of all the residences and the great party too! It was a lovely evening and a remarkable building. Congratulations to the entire team!

  7. Cynthia Moxley, on June 18th, 2019 at 6:38 pm said:

    Hey, Becky! Thanks for the kind words. It was a great party and a great sneak peek. I hope folks reading this will go and check it out for themselves. And maybe move downtown to the best neighborhood in the city! (Of course I admit I am biased!)

  8. Gwendolyn W. Brown, on June 21st, 2019 at 5:11 pm said:

    Absolutely breath taking inside of the condos. Went today on a girl friends outing. The views of downtown and the mountains were awesome. Could have a cup of coffee every morning and a glass or two of wine in the evening enjoying these views from any of the
    Condos facing downtown. Thanks Cynthia for including such beautiful pictures. My favor which I bought was the white kitchen towel . The one I’m Sorry I Slapped You.

  9. Cynthia Moxley, on June 27th, 2019 at 11:20 pm said:

    Gwen: Haha! So glad you got that towel! It cracked me up! Also glad you and your friends enjoyed the experience. ShowHouse open thru June 30! Still time for everyone to go!

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