Hallie A. Hearnes joined the Knoxville Office of Cultural Resource Analysts, Inc. as an architectural historian in August 2011. While her education at Middle Tennessee State University and Southeast Missouri State University prepared her to join our team, her passion for cultural resource management began before she entered higher education.
A native of rural southeast Missouri, Hallie has always been passionate about preserving the landscapes, structures, and evidence of our past. At the age of 11, she campaigned to save the one-room frame schoolhouse on her parents’ property. The building appeared unstable and was in need of repair. Despite her best efforts, Hallie did not save the Tilsit School, and it came down in three large chunks, showing its stability and workmanship. The experience sparked the preservation flame in Hallie. Her passion for historic building materials, architectural history, and preservation continues beyond the completion of a B.S. in Historic Preservation and an M.A. in Public History.
As a graduate assistant in the MTSU Center for Historic Preservation, she completed an extensive study of Mesker pressed metal and cast-iron storefronts. Her thesis outlined the history, identification, preservation, and significance of the mass-produced catalog-order components distributed by Mesker Brothers Iron Works of St. Louis, Missouri and George L. Mesker & Co. of Evansville, Indiana. Hallie continues to document these uniquely American commercial buildings.
Hallie’s hobbies currently include playing nertz, scrapbooking, Mesker hunting, visiting Great Smoky Mountains National Park, exploring the area around her new home in East Tennessee, and debating architectural styles and terms with her husband Dave.