Buy your tickets now for LHHA’s first Sip and Snoop home tour and wine tasting

The fundraiser is October 12, from 5:00 to 8:00.  Six incredibly unique homes will be open along with a different wine to sample at each.

Here is a peek inside the Hill House:

This 1955 house designed by Atlanta architect Herman Millkey is one of Knoxville’s finest examples of mid-century modern architecture.  While it was love at first sight for the owners, the house has proven to be a tough mistress.

The Hills moved to town in 1994, built a traditional 4000 sq. ft. home in West Knoxville, and never really felt the house was home.  Mark has MCM style in his DNA as both of his brothers own MCM homes.  The families can visit among the three homes and always feel at home.  In 2003, the couple turned their backs on their West Knoxville home, leaving behind everything except the piano and their artwork.

Mark and Cathy are fortunate in that they agree on most design questions, making the renovation project easier.  They have been deeply devoted to preserving the integrity of the design that was on microfilm at the Millkey firm.  No central heating and air?  No problem, run the needed ductwork on the roof where it is largely invisible.  Compromised windows, septic problems, and a leaky pool were met with equal tenacity.

The space and simplicity of this glass and concrete pavilion drives the couple’s love affair.  The colors in the handmade Tufenkian rugs, the largest of which is in the living room, are the basis for the color scheme in the entire house.  The colors complement the leaves, bark, and sky readily visible through the walls of windows.

About every two years, the Hills have undertaken another project.  Over the last six years, projects have included construction of a separate office/studio and workout area, a completed remodel of the lower level, and a kitchen renovation.  The master bathroom still looms.  Knoxville architects Ron Hutchins and Chris Joice, and interior designer Connie Hutchins have directed all the work on the house.

Cathy and Mark love the house and never take it for granted.  The mistress has been well worth her unrelenting demands.

A limited number of tickets are available for $40 each for LHHA members. E-mail Linda Haynes at to reserve your tickets.

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