Rick Dover, a Knoxville land developer and self-described “preservation nerd,” was recently presented the Chairman’s Award for Achievement in Historic Preservation. His company, Dover Development, worked for two years to rejuvenate one of Tennessee’s most historic landmarks, the Alexander Inn.
According to Rick Dover, Knoxville and Oak Ridge were two of the most important cities during the time of the Manhattan Project. The Alexander Inn was a secret hotel where key Manhattan project personnel met under the veil of disguise and assumed names. Rick Dover, a Knoxville native, knew about the building’s history and watched as it went up for sale numerous times throughout the last two decades.