Villa Collina Renewed: Italianesque Beauty Meets Technology of the Future

Editor’s Note: “Villa Collina Renewed” is a 15-part blog series detailing owner Dr. Eric W. Barton’s work to restore the largest home in Tennessee to its original Italianate beauty. Each week we will discuss renovation projects across the 40,250-square-foot waterfront mansion, from geothermal upgrades and energy efficiency to state-of-the-art lighting, marble renovations and fountain upgrades. We hope you enjoy this … Read More

Villa Collina Renewed: Marble Renovations

Editor’s Note: “Villa Collina Renewed” is a 15-part blog series detailing owner Dr. Eric W. Barton’s work to restore the largest home in Tennessee to its original Italianate beauty. Each week we will discuss renovation projects across the 40,250-square-foot waterfront mansion, from geothermal upgrades and energy efficiency to state-of-the-art lighting, marble renovations and fountain upgrades. We hope you enjoy this … Read More

Villa Collina Renewed: Restoring a Knoxville Icon to its Original Exterior Luster

Editor’s Note: “Villa Collina Renewed” is a 15-part blog series detailing owner Dr. Eric W. Barton’s work to restore the largest home in Tennessee to its original Italianate beauty. Each week we will discuss renovation projects across the 40,250-square-foot waterfront mansion, from geothermal upgrades and energy efficiency to state-of-the-art lighting, marble renovations and fountain upgrades. We hope you enjoy this … Read More

Villa Collina Renewed: East Tennessee Meets Italian Fashion

Editor’s Note: “Villa Collina Renewed” is a 15-part blog series detailing owner Dr. Eric W. Barton’s work to restore the largest home in Tennessee to its original Italianate beauty. Each week we will discuss renovation projects across the 40,250-square-foot waterfront mansion, from geothermal upgrades and energy efficiency to state-of-the-art lighting, marble renovations and fountain upgrades. We hope you enjoy this … Read More

Villa Collina Renewed: Tennessee’s Most Efficient Italian Smart Home

Editor’s Note: “Villa Collina Renewed” is a 15-part blog series detailing owner Dr. Eric W. Barton’s work to restore the largest home in Tennessee to its original Italianate beauty. Each week we will discuss renovation projects across the 40,250-square-foot waterfront mansion, from geothermal upgrades and energy efficiency to state-of-the-art lighting, marble renovations and fountain upgrades. We hope you enjoy this … Read More

Villa Collina Renewed: Why Renovate?

Editor’s Note: “Villa Collina Renewed” is a 15-part blog series detailing owner Dr. Eric W. Barton’s work to restore the largest home in Tennessee to its original Italianate beauty. Each week we will discuss renovation projects across the 40,250-square-foot waterfront mansion, from geothermal upgrades and energy efficiency to state-of-the-art lighting, marble renovations and fountain upgrades. We hope you enjoy this … Read More

Villa Collina Owner Donates $113,000 to Local Nonprofits

Charitable Contributions Assist Needy, Homeless in East Tennessee Communities Villa Collina estate owner Dr. Eric W. Barton donated items valued at $113,333 in spring 2018 to East Tennessee nonprofit organizations in an effort to help less fortunate residents of Blount and Knox counties. Barton donated countless household items, including furniture, appliances, lighting, office supplies, decorations and more to Blount County … Read More

Villa Collina hosts Marine Birthday Celebration – and Surprise Wedding

Villa Collina recently hosted a 242nd birthday and a surprise wedding – all in one glorious weekend for the U.S. Marine Corps. The waterfront mansion marked the 242nd birthday of the Marines with a formal ceremony, dinner, specially decorated cake and live entertainment. John Becker, veteran advocate and WBIR-TV anchor, served as master of ceremonies at the celebration and Major … Read More

A library worth studying

If a picture is worth 1,000 words, what is the worth of a library that will house 10,000 books? Villa Collina, Tennessee’s largest home, is home to a three-story library capable of displaying 10,000 books, among them unique first editions and antique book collections. To protect these rarities, the library features a separate mechanical system for temperature control and motorized … Read More