The Town of Tracy City and Tennessee Arts Commission have provided funding for new window poster displays for the three windows in the south façade of the 1978 addition at the Heritage Center.
Two of the posters are devoted to Historic Tracy City and portray the story of the founding of the town and the development of its outstanding architectural record, much of which exists today. Several of the town’s surviving historical structures have been placed on the National Register of Historic Places and are depicted in one of the posters along with other historic structures, some of which are acclaimed to be candidates for placement on the National Register.
The display includes examples of both high style and vernacular architecture. High style architecture is work by an architect and is one of a kind, designated for a specific site, and sometimes using custom materials and finishes. Vernacular architecture uses local materials constructed by workers with local building knowledge. A great deal of the architectural record of Tracy City survives and reveals the core of life in this significant American industrial town.
The third poster portrays agrarian writer Andrew Nelson Lytle. Lytle lived at the Monteagle Sunday School assembly where southern writers of the agrarian and other persuasions gathered during the 1940s and thereafter. These writers included Allen Tate and his wife Caroline Gordon, a novelist from Kentucky.
Lytle and Tate were successive editors of “The Sewanee Review.”
Other writers at the Assembly included John Crowe Ransom, Donald Davidson, and Robert Penn Warren, three of the original “fugitive poets” from Vanderbilt University. Along with them came Randall Jarrell, a poet and critic from Nashville, as well as Ford Madox Ford, the English novelist, and New England poet Robert Lowell with his first wife, novelist Jean Stafford.
To Lytle, “The history of Monteagle Sunday School Assembly admonishes the present to continue to be a place to promulgate and cultivate the arts, and that means artists.”