Reimagining The Bessie, By Design

Dec 2, 2019

The Bessie Smith Cultural Center

This fall, Chattanooga Design Studio and The Bessie Smith Cultural Center partnered with architecture students from The University of Tennessee, Knoxville.  

The students examined the Bessie and the African-American history of M.L. King Boulevard - developing architectural and urban design solutions for the building and its block, proposing new programs and uses for the site.


This evening, an exhibition at the Bessie - from 5 PM to 7 PM - will showcase their work.


Eric Myers is executive director of Chattanooga Design Studio, Paula Wilkes is president of the Bessie Smith Cultural Center - and Elijah Cameron is director of community relations at The Bessie…