Robert A. Tino Gallery
I shot several pics at this location on Mother’s Day, May 10th 2009. It was nice and quiet because the gallery was shut this day. I did enjoy lingering in the shade, and wandered around a bit enjoying the solitude.
Lewis Buckner (March 12, 1856—May 16, 1924) was an American house builder and carpenter. Born and raised a slave, Buckner went on to become one of several successful African-American construction entrepreneurs in late-19th century Sevier County, Tennessee. At least fifteen homes that were either built by Buckner or are believed to have been built by Buckner are still standing, two of which are listed on the U.S. National Register of Historic Places.
Riley H. Andes House, on Douglas Dam Road in Sevierville, Tennessee, built around 1890; added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1980 is 1. It is this house that has the Robert A. Tino Gallery in it.
From 1880 to 1921 Buckner built houses throughout Sevier County and embellished them with the ornate architectural elements indicative of Victorian-era ebullience. He usually built an entire dwelling and lived at the building site during construction. Buckner added decorative details such as porches and staircases to otherwise plain farmhouses. His handsome and creative furniture, cabinets, and mantels spread throughout the region and are now prized family heirlooms.Reflecting his own interpretation of national architectural styles acquired from pattern books, Buckner’s work is extremely creative and rarely are two pieces rendered exactly alike.