Here are pre-war photos of the historic Luther Brannon House that was damaged in a fire on Oak Ridge Turnpike early Monday morning.
The single-story stone bungalow was built by Owen Hackworth in 1941 and soon acquired by the federal government as part of the top-secret Manhattan Project during World War II. It’s one of the few pre-World War II homes remaining in Oak Ridge. Owner Danny Brannon has said he plans to rebuild it.
Raby has collected photographs of the original structures that were here before the Manhattan Project, when Oak Ridge helped build the world’s first atomic bombs. The 59,000-acre military reservation, which replaced several rural communities, was known first as Kingston Demolition Range and then as Clinton Engineer Works.
The Luther Brannon House is at 151 Oak Ridge Turnpike, just west of Melton Lake Drive and next to the U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Scientific and Technical Information. It’s listed on the National Register of Historic Places, and it was the first home in Oak Ridge to be privately owned.
Gen. Leslie R. Groves, the commander of the Manhattan Project, lived at the home and kept his headquarters there until administration buildings were completed.