Oak Ridge historic inn faces meltdown

February 17, 2007

Of all the hotels in Tennessee, the Alexander Inn in Oak Ridge can probably claim to have hosted the smartest collection of guests at any given time. Built during the Manhattan Project, its guests included Enrico Fermi, Robert Oppenheimer, General Leslie Groves, and other luminaries who developed the atomic bomb.

The 78-room hotel has been closed for around ten years and has become so run down that neighbors want it demolished. The News Sentinel has an article describing the situation facing so many historic hotels: it is on the Historic Register. It needs work. “Someone” ought to buy it and fix it up.

More on the history of Oak Ridge can be found at the Atomic Heritage Foundation, from which the photo below was lifted.