Tennessee Modernism: Glass House by (and for) Bill Shell

Structure: Glass House // Bill Shell Residence
Location: Knoxville, Tennessee
Architect: William “Bill” Starke Shell
Date: 2002
Story: Although we rarely venture this far outside of the mid-century era, this house deserves an honorable mention. Inspired by his time spent working with Mies van der Rohe in Chicago, University of Tennessee Professor Bill Shell bought a wooded parcel of land in 1978. Then, over the next 22 years, he designed and built this house, paying cash as he went. It’s ability to sit in both an old paradigm while being built recently is a testament to its timeless (if sterile) shape.

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