Vida and The Vault

The Holston

Knoxville, Tennessee

The Holston building has been a staple in the fabric of downtown Knoxville since 1913. JAI partnered with the owners of two commercial floors of The Holston to renovate, restore and preserve the spaces for a high-end restaurant and retro cocktail bar, Vida and The Vault, respectively, that opened in January 2021. The luxurious entertainment and dining venues showcase special historical elements.

JAI brought extensive preservation and restoration experience and expertise to the project. Vida, a pan-Latin restaurant, now invites diners to the ground floor of The Holston. The Vault, a cocktail bar in the basement level, offers unique spaces as a destination, or as a stop for a drink before dinner.

After working with two different clients on projects for the street level space that ultimately were unexecuted inside The Holston, JAI again was retained for design assistance by owners Jim and Lori Klonaris for Vida and The Vault.

JAI provided layout assistance, codes interpretation and exterior design concepts for the restaurant and retro cocktail bar. JAI also secured the construction permits and assisted in coordinating approvals from multiple agencies for the outdoor space and exterior changes.

JAI worked closely with interior designer SK Ballard Contract Interiors, contractor Jenkins & Stiles, LLC and the owners on the implementation of one of Knoxville’s most creative, rich and comfortable restaurant designs with a location in a former bank lobby. The firm also partnered with the team for the luxurious basement cocktail bar located in the former bank vault.

Efforts were made to salvage as much of the original relics and hardware as possible. The original art deco details, such as metal railings, give a nod to the history of the space. Of particular interest is the marble staircase that descends from ground level to The Vault. All of the century-old marble was preserved and the original vendor, Tennessee Marble Company, returned – 108 years later – to match and install new marble to repair areas that had been chipped and broken over time.

The entrance to The Vault gives visitors no doubt that this area had been dedicated to banking. An original safe door made from metal and featuring exposed combination gears also remains and now welcomes patrons as they enter.

PROJECT DETAILS

The Holston building has been a staple in the fabric of downtown Knoxville since 1913. JAI partnered with the owners of two commercial floors of The Holston to renovate, restore and preserve the spaces for a high-end restaurant and retro cocktail bar, Vida and The Vault, respectively, that opened in January 2021. The luxurious entertainment and dining venues showcase special historical elements.

JAI brought extensive preservation and restoration experience and expertise to the project. Vida, a pan-Latin restaurant, now invites diners to the ground floor of The Holston. The Vault, a cocktail bar in the basement level, offers unique spaces as a destination, or as a stop for a drink before dinner.

After working with two different clients on projects for the street level space that ultimately were unexecuted inside The Holston, JAI again was retained for design assistance by owners Jim and Lori Klonaris for Vida and The Vault.

JAI provided layout assistance, codes interpretation and exterior design concepts for the restaurant and retro cocktail bar. JAI also secured the construction permits and assisted in coordinating approvals from multiple agencies for the outdoor space and exterior changes.

JAI worked closely with interior designer SK Ballard Contract Interiors, contractor Jenkins & Stiles, LLC and the owners on the implementation of one of Knoxville’s most creative, rich and comfortable restaurant designs with a location in a former bank lobby. The firm also partnered with the team for the luxurious basement cocktail bar located in the former bank vault.

Efforts were made to salvage as much of the original relics and hardware as possible. The original art deco details, such as metal railings, give a nod to the history of the space. Of particular interest is the marble staircase that descends from ground level to The Vault. All of the century-old marble was preserved and the original vendor, Tennessee Marble Company, returned – 108 years later – to match and install new marble to repair areas that had been chipped and broken over time.

The entrance to The Vault gives visitors no doubt that this area had been dedicated to banking. An original safe door made from metal and featuring exposed combination gears also remains and now welcomes patrons as they enter.





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Vida and The Vault

The Holston

Knoxville, Tennessee

Client

Spaces in the City

Size

Completion

2021

Cost

Services Provided

Architectural Design
Key Personnel

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Awards

Knox Heritage East Tennessee Preservation Award, 2021

Address(es)

531 S. Gay St.,Knoxville,Tennessee,37902
Rooms

Housing Units

Seats

Consultant(s)

M, P, FP
Kelso-Regen Associates, Inc.
Electrical
Vreeland Engineers, Inc.

Reference(s)

Vida and The Vault

The Holston

Knoxville, Tennessee

The Holston building has been a staple in the fabric of downtown Knoxville since 1913. JAI partnered with the owners of two commercial floors of The Holston to renovate, restore and preserve the spaces for a high-end restaurant and retro cocktail bar, Vida and The Vault, respectively, that opened in January 2021. The luxurious entertainment and dining venues showcase special historical elements.

JAI brought extensive preservation and restoration experience and expertise to the project. Vida, a pan-Latin restaurant, now invites diners to the ground floor of The Holston. The Vault, a cocktail bar in the basement level, offers unique spaces as a destination, or as a stop for a drink before dinner.

After working with two different clients on projects for the street level space that ultimately were unexecuted inside The Holston, JAI again was retained for design assistance by owners Jim and Lori Klonaris for Vida and The Vault.

JAI provided layout assistance, codes interpretation and exterior design concepts for the restaurant and retro cocktail bar. JAI also secured the construction permits and assisted in coordinating approvals from multiple agencies for the outdoor space and exterior changes.

JAI worked closely with interior designer SK Ballard Contract Interiors, contractor Jenkins & Stiles, LLC and the owners on the implementation of one of Knoxville’s most creative, rich and comfortable restaurant designs with a location in a former bank lobby. The firm also partnered with the team for the luxurious basement cocktail bar located in the former bank vault.

Efforts were made to salvage as much of the original relics and hardware as possible. The original art deco details, such as metal railings, give a nod to the history of the space. Of particular interest is the marble staircase that descends from ground level to The Vault. All of the century-old marble was preserved and the original vendor, Tennessee Marble Company, returned – 108 years later – to match and install new marble to repair areas that had been chipped and broken over time.

The entrance to The Vault gives visitors no doubt that this area had been dedicated to banking. An original safe door made from metal and featuring exposed combination gears also remains and now welcomes patrons as they enter.

PROJECT DETAILS

The Holston building has been a staple in the fabric of downtown Knoxville since 1913. JAI partnered with the owners of two commercial floors of The Holston to renovate, restore and preserve the spaces for a high-end restaurant and retro cocktail bar, Vida and The Vault, respectively, that opened in January 2021. The luxurious entertainment and dining venues showcase special historical elements.

JAI brought extensive preservation and restoration experience and expertise to the project. Vida, a pan-Latin restaurant, now invites diners to the ground floor of The Holston. The Vault, a cocktail bar in the basement level, offers unique spaces as a destination, or as a stop for a drink before dinner.

After working with two different clients on projects for the street level space that ultimately were unexecuted inside The Holston, JAI again was retained for design assistance by owners Jim and Lori Klonaris for Vida and The Vault.

JAI provided layout assistance, codes interpretation and exterior design concepts for the restaurant and retro cocktail bar. JAI also secured the construction permits and assisted in coordinating approvals from multiple agencies for the outdoor space and exterior changes.

JAI worked closely with interior designer SK Ballard Contract Interiors, contractor Jenkins & Stiles, LLC and the owners on the implementation of one of Knoxville’s most creative, rich and comfortable restaurant designs with a location in a former bank lobby. The firm also partnered with the team for the luxurious basement cocktail bar located in the former bank vault.

Efforts were made to salvage as much of the original relics and hardware as possible. The original art deco details, such as metal railings, give a nod to the history of the space. Of particular interest is the marble staircase that descends from ground level to The Vault. All of the century-old marble was preserved and the original vendor, Tennessee Marble Company, returned – 108 years later – to match and install new marble to repair areas that had been chipped and broken over time.

The entrance to The Vault gives visitors no doubt that this area had been dedicated to banking. An original safe door made from metal and featuring exposed combination gears also remains and now welcomes patrons as they enter.





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