(WBIR - Knoxville) Knoxville College finds itself back among the "Fragile 15". The list is put out annually by Knox Heritage and identifies the 15 most endangered historic buildings and places throughout the area.
Knoxville College has been on and off the list for several years. The last time the historically black college was listed as a Fragile 15 was in 2011.
"Some of the leading citizens in town are alumni of Knoxville College so it does have a very special place here," said Kim Trent, executive director for Knox Heritage.
There have been several pushes to help preserve the prized place of learning. For example, The Helping Hands Ministry has been cleaning up the college's buildings. Knoxville College was one of "The Home Depot Retool Your School" competition winners, and was awarded a $50,000 grant.
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"We think it's just time that drastic measures need to be taken for the community to come in and then help restore these historic buildings," said Trent.
Oakwood Elementary School is an example of what can happen when the community gets behind a Fragile 15 building.
"That one was on the list from 2004 until 2012. At one point the roof in one of the wings collapsed and it pancaked all the way down to the first floor," Trent explained.
Now, the East Churchwell Avenue building is being restored as a senior living facility and is expected to open this fall.
Trent said Knox Heritage only lists properties on the Fragile 15 they believe can be helped. But she admitted, those are some of the most difficult properties to help.
Oakwood Elementary School, soon-to-be Oakwood Senior Living, is proof of how the rundown historic buildings can be turned around.