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Albert Milani

(1892-1972)

 

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Albert Milani Marker image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, May 10, 2019
1. Albert Milani Marker
Inscription.  Italian-born sculptor Albert Milani's majestic marble eagles crown the Art Deco-style Tennessee Supreme Court building across the street, constructed in the early 1930s. Tennessee marble, perhaps Knoxville's most famous natural resource, has been quarried and carved for use in numerous buildings and monuments, locally and nationally. With abundant quarries in operation surrounding Knoxville, it is no wonder that the city earned the name "Marble City" in the late 1880s.

Milani, an Italian immigrant, arrived in Knoxville around 1910 with 25 cents in his pocket. Hired by the Candoro Marble Company in South Knoxville, he served as foreman at that well-known producer, until his retirement in the late 1960s. However, it was at his home studio on Sutherland Avenue that he carved many exquisite sculptures that showcased his considerable talent.

Milani's work is featured in the Knoxville Museum of Art as well at the Candoro Arts and Heritage Center in South Knoxville. One of his most unusual commissions, a memorial to Knoxville-born racing car driver, Albert Jacob "Pete" Kreis, can be found nearby at Asbury Cemetery. Kreis was killed
Marker detail: Albert Milani image. Click for full size.
Courtesy Candoro Arts & Heritage Center
2. Marker detail: Albert Milani
on a practice lap at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway in 1934. The sculpture was recognized as the Most Outstanding Memorial by the New York Times.

Main Image: Thompson Photograph Collection, McClung Historical Collection

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Location. 35° 57.648′ N, 83° 55.105′ W. Marker is in Knoxville, Tennessee, in Knox County. Marker is at the intersection of Main Street Southwest and Walnut Street, on the right when traveling east on Main Street Southwest. Marker is located beside the sidewalk, at the southwest corner of the intersection. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 510 West Main Street, Knoxville TN 37902, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. First Baptist Church (within shouting distance of this marker); James Park House (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Knoxville: A Divided City
Albert Milani Marker<br>(<i>wide view from Main Street • Walnut Street in background</i>) image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, May 10, 2019
3. Albert Milani Marker
(wide view from Main Street • Walnut Street in background)
(about 500 feet away); Treaty of the Holston (about 500 feet away); Knox County World War II Memorial (about 500 feet away); Old Knox County Courthouse (about 500 feet away); Captain Charles T. McMillan II (about 600 feet away); Knox County Spanish American War Monument (about 700 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Knoxville.
 
Related markers. Click here for a list of markers that are related to this marker. Knoxville History Project
 
Also see . . .  Knoxville History Project: Marble City. Albert Milani, who grew up near the famous Carerra marble quarries in Italy, was one of several Italian stonecutters who moved to Knoxville to work for Knoxville’s marble industry. Milani’s work can be seen on the 1912 Holston Building on Gay and especially on the 1934 Post Office building on Main, (now the Tennessee Court of Appeals building). (Submitted on June 4, 2019.) 
 
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Tennessee Supreme Court building (<i>across Main Street from marker; eagles at top left & right</i>) image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, May 10, 2019
4. Tennessee Supreme Court building (across Main Street from marker; eagles at top left & right)
Albert Milani's Marble Eagle Sculpture<br>(<i>one of four perched atop the court building</i>) image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, May 10, 2019
5. Albert Milani's Marble Eagle Sculpture
(one of four perched atop the court building)
 

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Credits. This page was last revised on June 5, 2019. This page originally submitted on June 4, 2019, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida. This page has been viewed 112 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on June 4, 2019, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.
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