By Ralphine Major

It was a wonderful addition to Knoxville’s skyline.  In the early seventies, the Hyatt Regency (now Hotel Knoxville) was built across the street from the Knoxville Civic Auditorium and Coliseum which was constructed during the time John Duncan Sr. was Mayor of Knoxville.  Duncan later represented the Second Congressional District of Tennessee in the United States House of Representatives for many years.

“The Hyatt,” as it was often called, had a unique style which gave the building a somewhat cascading look.  Its open floor space allowed visitors a full view from one end of the lobby to the other and all the way up to the top floor.  The all-glass elevator offered an intriguing ride to the top floor where visitors could get a breathtaking view of the city.  The Hyatt provided a great place for seminars and meetings, as well as overnight stays.  I was always fascinated by the huge Christmas tree which was made entirely of poinsettias.  It was a perfect focal point for the lobby and could be seen from all entrances and enjoyed by cafe’ patrons as well.

Sadly, the hotel fell victim to the pandemic last year and closed its doors.  Whatever the future holds for this grand building, it would be nice to see the downtown hotel bubbling with activity once again.

Words of Faith: “Trust ye in the Lord forever: for in the Lord Jehovah is everlasting strength.” Isaiah 26:4 (KJV)