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10.31.14 News Lakeshore
Sonny Jorgensen • The Daily Beacon

Knoxville is spending $5.2 million on demolition and renovation of the Lakeshore Mental Health Institute.

Lakeshore Institute's past still haunts its future

Infamous in the urban legends and the ghost stories that are no secret to Knoxvillians, the abandoned Lakeshore Mental Health Institute still sits at the top of a hill in one of the most popular parks in the city.

For now.

Nine of the institute's buildings, excluding the Administration Building, the Chapel and a few small cottages, are being demolished in order to make way for an expanded greenway, sports fields and baseball diamonds, in addition to other new park features.

The Administration Building, the oldest building left from the original asylum, is scheduled to be renovated and used ...