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The Alexander Inn
U.S. Historic district
Contributing property
Alexander Inn is located in Tennessee
Alexander Inn
Location in Tennessee
Alexander Inn is located in the United States
Alexander Inn
Location in the United States
Location Oak Ridge, Tennessee
Built 1943
Part of Oak Ridge Historic District (ID91001109)
Designated CP 1993
J. Robert Oppenheimer at the Guest Lodge, Oak Ridge, in 1946 4
J. Robert Oppenheimer in the Guest House in 1946; photograph by Ed Westcott

The Alexander Inn, originally known as The Guest House, is a historic building in Oak Ridge, Tennessee that was built during the Manhattan Project to house official visitors and that later was used as a hotel. It is included on the National Register of Historic Places as a contributing property in a historic district.


The Guest House was built in 1943. A wood-framed building, similar to many other World War II period “H-plan” buildings, it served as guest quarters to a number of dignitaries during the top-secret Manhattan Project, including Enrico Fermi, Robert Oppenheimer and General Leslie Groves. In 1949, a 44-room addition was completed. The name was changed to the Alexander Inn in September 1950. The hotel was sold by the government to Mr. W. W. Faw for $34,000 in 1958. At that time, private bathrooms and a ballroom were added, and the kitchen was expanded.

The property was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1993 as a contributing property in the Oak Ridge Historic District.

The Alexander Inn ceased operating as a hotel in the mid-1990s. Since that time the building had fallen into serious disrepair. On December 18, 2009, the Oak Ridge Revitalization Effort, a local nonprofit organization, announced that it had purchased the historic property. In March 2010, the East Tennessee Preservation Alliance listed the inn at the top of its first East Tennessee's Endangered Heritage list of endangered historic buildings and places in a 16-county region of East Tennessee. The previous, no-interest mortgage of $353,700 expired on June 30, 2011, after that date the property was to revert to its former owner. The Oak Ridge Heritage and Preservation Association (ORHPA), a group concerned with protecting the city's history, them began working with ORRE to develop a new non-profit organization that would focus entirely on restoring the Inn.

The Alexander was for a while on the endangered list by East Tennessee Preservation Alliance. The Oak Ridge Industrial Development Board endorsed, and the Oak Ridge City Council approved, a 90 percent, 10-year tax break for the project to convert the hotel into Senior Living by a private developer.

In November 2015 the building re-opened as a senior living center, after an $8 million renovation via Dover Development. The facility offers memory-care and assisted-living housing.

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