Rick Dover, Knoxville native and owner of Dover Development Corporation, says his local community is priority #1 during his often high-profile building restoration projects. Today, Dover explains why he most often chooses to maintain historic structures instead building new construction.
Q: Dover Development is known for restoring older buildings and turning them into senior living facilities. Why restore? Why not tear down the existing structure and rebuild?
Rick Dover, Knoxville: I grew up intrigued at the attention to detail that craftsmen [used to] put into their work. They just had a sense of pride that can’t be replicated today. These buildings anchor our communities to a time before modern distractions and instant gratification. Keeping them helps preserve character. It’s also better for the environment and the local economy.