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National preservationist tours Historic Westwood

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A national preservationist and caretaker of Thomas Jefferson's home, Monticello, is in East Tennessee offering her insight in preserving parts of our region's history.

Leslie Greene Bowman began her visit Tuesday with a tour of Knoxville's Historic Westwood. The Victorian-style home on Kingston Pike was built in 1890.

During the tour, Bowman talked about restoring a home like Westwood. She says it's important to have a plan and see how two different movements can come together to make the restoration happen.

"For example, the energy and green movement," she explained. "We're actually realizing that saving an old structure can be far more energy efficient than the energy to tear it down and build a new one."

The Aslan Foundation recently purchased Historic Westwood and plans to give it to Knox Heritage. After the home is restored, the non-profit will use it as its permanent offices and as an education center for historic preservation.

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