William Starke Shell modernist glass box property in Knoxville, Tennessee, USA

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William Starke Shell modernist glass box property in Knoxville, Tennessee, USA

William Starke Shell modernist glass box property in Knoxville, Tennessee, USA
William Starke Shell modernist glass box property in Knoxville, Tennessee, USA

No, this isn’t the Ferris Bueller house. But it is a William Starke Shell modernist glass box property in Knoxville, Tennessee, USA.

William Starke Shell modernist glass box property in Knoxville, Tennessee, USA
William Starke Shell modernist glass box property in Knoxville, Tennessee, USA

 

I say that because every time I feature a house with a design like this, someone asks if this is the house from the movie Ferris Bueller’s Day Off. Of course, that one can be found in Highland Park, Illinois. This one is in Knoxville, Tennessee.

William Starke Shell modernist glass box property in Knoxville, Tennessee, USA
William Starke Shell modernist glass box property in Knoxville, Tennessee, USA

 

The Ferris house was also a 1950s build, whereas this one is more recent. Very recent in fact. But with a connection to its obvious inspiration, Mies Van Der Rohe.

William Starke Shell modernist glass box property in Knoxville, Tennessee, USA
William Starke Shell modernist glass box property in Knoxville, Tennessee, USA

 

The architect was longtime University of Tennessee architecture professor William Starke Shell. Prior to that position, Shell picked up a master’s of architecture from Columbia University before working with Mies Van Der Rohe in Chicago.

William Starke Shell modernist glass box property in Knoxville, Tennessee, USA
William Starke Shell modernist glass box property in Knoxville, Tennessee, USA

 

This house, which takes inspiration from the iconic Farnsworth House, site on an 80ft cliff on a 1.2-acre plot, so plenty to take in via those walls of glass.

William Starke Shell modernist glass box property in Knoxville, Tennessee, USA
William Starke Shell modernist glass box property in Knoxville, Tennessee, USA

 

As for the house itself, that offers 1,600 sq. ft of living space inside a structure made up of steel beams and glass panels, along with a polished granite floor throughout.

William Starke Shell modernist glass box property in Knoxville, Tennessee, USA
William Starke Shell modernist glass box property in Knoxville, Tennessee, USA

 

Much of the house is open plan and with detail kept to an absolute minimum, a utility and bathroom partitioned off from the rest of the open living space. There is a single bedroom as part of the current configuration too.

William Starke Shell modernist glass box property in Knoxville, Tennessee, USA
William Starke Shell modernist glass box property in Knoxville, Tennessee, USA

 

That detail does include mahogany cabinets and custom-made furnishings, including chairs that look similar to the classic Barcelona chairs, all of which are included in the final sale price.

William Starke Shell modernist glass box property in Knoxville, Tennessee, USA
William Starke Shell modernist glass box property in Knoxville, Tennessee, USA

 

Sadly, William Starke Shell died in 2017, leaving his entire estate to the Knoxville Museum of Art. The house is now being sold, but with conditions applied to preserve the house as an architectural treasure. Alongside that, the proceeds of the sale will benefit the Knoxville Museum of Art, as the architect intended.

William Starke Shell modernist glass box property in Knoxville, Tennessee, USA
William Starke Shell modernist glass box property in Knoxville, Tennessee, USA

 

Stunning house in an equally stunning location. It is on the market for $575,000, which works out at around £440,000.

Images and details courtesy of Caldwell Banker. For more details and to make an enquiry, please visit the website.

William Starke Shell modernist glass box property in Knoxville, Tennessee, USA
William Starke Shell modernist glass box property in Knoxville, Tennessee, USA

 

William Starke Shell modernist glass box property in Knoxville, Tennessee, USA
William Starke Shell modernist box property in Knoxville, Tennessee, USA

 

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