Modern Monday

knoxville_clingmans_domeClingmans Dome Observatory

Now that spring has arrived it is time to get out and enjoy all the natural beauty of our region. One of the more dramatic sites is Clingmans Dome where Kelly and Chett found themselves this past Saturday. There you’ll find the mid-century construction that is a true example of “Form follows Function” design. Built in 1959, the 45-foot concrete observation tower features a circular observation platform accessed by a spiral ramp. Designed by Hubert Bebb of Gatlinburg the tower’s modern design, especially the use of concrete as the primary building material, marked a departure from previous park structures that took a more rustic approach. Bebb’s original design did feature a stone tower with an observation deck on top. 15_19_224_clingmans_dome

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