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Norris Dam and powerhouse. Night view of Norris Dam with floodlighting. The more spectacular dams of the TVA (Tennessee Valley Authority) are equipped to be floodlit at night and are popular excursion points. Pinpoint lights along top of dam are small lenses in back of the handrail bracket road lighting fixtures. Wet spots on dam are the result of small shrinkage cracks during initial years which later sealed themselves by the sediment contained in the water

View of the overlook terrace of the Norris visitors' building described under K 313. The terrace and stairs are constructed in reinforced concrete forming an extension of the parapet of the nearby dam

Refreshments concession inside the Norris visitors' building (compare with notes on K 1867). In the design of such facilities the TVA (Tennessee Valley Authority) wanted to demonstrate simple, clean, efficient arrangements which at the time were not known or appreciated in the valley

Norris Dam and powerhouse. Elevator penthouse atop dam which also serves as flagpole base. Elevator serves various levels of operating machinery inside dam. Top of dam is developed as roadway with sidewalks. Note handrail projecting toward sidewalk and toe space in parapet to make enjoyment of view more comfortable. Handrail brackets are hollow and contain lights which illuminate the roadway but avoid glare by the use of reflectors and directional lenses

Norris Dam and powerhouse. Norris generator hall. Turbines are enclosed in and below round concrete housings, generators are contained in steel upper portion. In peacetime visitors are admitted to balcony shown at left to inspect control room and are then taken to generator floor. Roof trusses are considered unattractive; later projects are framed with rigid steel arches

Norris Dam and powerhouse. Elevator penthouse atop dam which also serves as flagpole base. Elevator serves various levels of operating machinery inside dam. Top of dam is developed as roadway with sidewalks. Note handrail projecting toward sidewalk and toe space in parapet to make enjoyment of view more comfortable. Handrail brackets are hollow and contain lights which illuminate the roadway but avoid glare by the use of reflectors and directional lenses

Recreational structures. Big Ridge Lake. Diving tower, beach and bath house may be seen in the background. This forty-five acre body of water has proved an attractive recreation spot for thousands of visitors since it was first opened to the public in May 1934. Encircled by the 3,500 acres of wooded hills in Big Ridge Park, the resort is provided with a boathouse, bath house, a public lodge, nineteen modern vacation cabins and a beach with a specially constructed pool for children. Located on the eastern boundary of Norris reservoir about twenty-five miles northeast of Knoxville, Tennessee, the lake was formed by constuction of a small dam across one of the arms of the reservoir. This recreation area and the 3,800 acre Noris Park near Norris Dam were developed by the National Park Service and the CCC (Civilian Conservation Corps) in cooperation with the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA). This is one of many comparable parks on TVA reservoirs, most of which are in use and greatly enjoyed by tourists as well as residents of the surrounding area who previously had few, if any, outdoor opportunites for ourtdoor sport and recreation. The completion of other recreational parks has been prevented by the war

General planning. In the reception room of Norris powerhouse the guide explains to a group of visitors the functioning of the project and will follow up by an explanation of the relation of the particular dam to the integrated system and to the general program of the TVA (Tennessee Valley Authority). See also comments relating to K 1132

View of the overlook terrace of the Norris visitors' building described under K 313. The terrace and stairs are constructed in reinforced concrete forming an extension of the parapet of the nearby dam

Norris Dam and powerhouse. View of reception room at the TVA's (Tennessee Valley Authority) first project which was experimental and somewhat small compared to visitors' traffic in peacetime. Guard sits behind special desk with raised rim, used by visitors when they register. Large window behind guard looks out over switchyard and over route taken by visitors upon completion of their inspection trip

Norris Dam and powerhouse. Night view of Norris Dam with floodlighting. The more spectacular dams of the TVA (Tennessee Valley Authority) are equipped to be floodlit at night and are popular excursion points. Pinpoint lights along top of dam are small lenses in back of the handrail bracket road lighting fixtures. Wet spots on dam are the result of small shrinkage cracks during initial years which later sealed themselves by the sediment contained in the water

This photograph shows opposite side of Norris visitors' building described under K 1868 (above) where the central hall abuts the overlook terrace. Side doors give access to refreshment stand and cooperative store permitting the service of refreshments to visitors on the terrace

Recreational structures. Development of difficult topography at the ramp leading to one of TVA's (Tennessee Valley Authority) boat harbors on Norris Lake. Semi-concealed structure is public comfort station

Norris Dam and powerhouse. General view of Norris Dam. Spillway in foreground

Norris Dam and powerhouse. Norris generator hall. Turbines are enclosed in and below round concrete housings, generators are contained in steel upper portion. In peacetime visitors are admitted to balcony shown at left to inspect control room and are then taken to generator floor. Roof trusses are considered unattractive; later projects are framed with rigid steel arches

Overlook terrace in front of Norris visitors' building described under K 1868 and K 1867. Refreshments served under gay umbrellas added a new note to the resources of pleasant living in this area which was notably deficient in facilities for outdoors enjoyment. The place proved a major attraction and has thousands of visitors on holidays. The broad stairs which begin at either side of the semicircular terrace lead to a pathway connecting to the picnic grounds

Norris Dam and powerhouse. Door to generator hall, Norris powerhouse. Constructed entirely of aluminum for ease of operation. Transom section removable when required. Function of door is to permit passage of large machine parts and complete transformers. Division into horizontal bands continues scale and appearance of windows on other walls

Norris Dam and powerhouse. Tower at training wall is elevator penthouse. For description of concrete see Guntersville powerhouse

Norris Dam and powerhouse. Tower at training wall is elevator penthouse. For description of concrete see Guntersville powerhouse

Norris Dam and powerhouse. View of reception room at the TVA's (Tennessee Valley Authority) first project which was experimental and somewhat small compared to visitors' traffic in peacetime. Guard sits behind special desk with raised rim, used by visitors when they register. Large window behind guard looks out over switchyard and over route taken by visitors upon completion of their inspection trip

Norris Dam and powerhouse. Door to generator hall, Norris powerhouse. Constructed entirely of aluminum for ease of operation. Transom section removable when required. Function of door is to permit passage of large machine parts and complete transformers. Division into horizontal bands continues scale and appearance of windows on other walls

This structure is fairly typical of the kind of accomodations provided for the recreation of unmarried TVA (Tennessee Valley Authority) construction employees of both sexes. Whenever possible such structures are later converted to fill permanent needs of the region. During the construction of Norris Dam, the structure included a large lounge, a refreshment and lunch space, and auditorium with stage and projection room, capable of accomodating 300, library and reading room, barber and beauty shop, restrooms, administrative office and committee or lecture rooms. The auditorium was converted into a gymnasium. It now serves as a community building for the permanent residents of the town of Norris, a regular restaurant having replaced the refreshment room, while the county art center has been installed in place of the library, and the offices, display room, and storage room of the handicraft cooperative have taken up the space formerly occupied by the barber and beauty shop

Norris Dam and powerhouse. Elevator penthouse atop dam which also serves as flagpole base. Elevator serves various levels of operating machinery inside dam. Top of dam is developed as roadway with sidewalks. Note handrail projecting toward sidewalk and toe space in parapet to make enjoyment of view more comfortable. Handrail brackets are hollow and contain lights which illuminate the roadway but avoid glare by the use of reflectors and directional lenses

Norris Dam and powerhouse. General view of Norris Dam. Spillway in foreground

Norris Dam and powerhouse. Tower at training wall is elevator penthouse. For description of concrete see Guntersville powerhouse

Norris Dam and powerhouse. Corner view of Norris powerhouse showing pedestrian entrance. Behind large window is visitors' reception room. Dam in background with overhanging sidewalk; tower above dam contains elevator machinery

Visitors' building on the east abutment of Norris Dam constructed of cinder concrete blocks with stucco finish. Guard booth under center canopy controls central hall of structure and project parking space in front; also has view of terrace on opposite side. Wings house refreshment counter, a store of the cooperative merchandising organization for local handicraft products and in the windowless extremities of the wing, visitors' toilets

Norris Dam and powerhouse. Corner view of Norris powerhouse showing pedestrian entrance. Behind large window is visitors' reception room. Dam in background with overhanging sidewalk; tower above dam contains elevator machinery

Norris Dam, Tenn. 1935-40? Workmen in the dam powerhouse installing a generator

PRESIDENT OPENS NORRIS DAM. WASHINGTON, D.C. PRESIDENT ROOSEVELT PRESSES THE GOLD KEY IN THE WHITE HOUSE WHICH GAVE THE SIGNAL IN NORRIS, TENNESSEE FOR THE LOWERING OF THE SLUICE GATES WHICH PLACED THE NORRIS DAM IN OPERATION

Norris Dam, Tennessee

Norris Dam, Tennessee. Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA). Motorboating on Norris Lake

Norris Dam, Tennessee. Tennessee Valley Authority. Boats moored at Norris Lake

Norris Dam, Tennessee (Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA)). Generators

Norris Dam, Tennessee (Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA)). Generators

Norris Dam, Tennessee (Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA)). Fishing at the base of Norris Dam

Norris Dam, Tennessee (Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA)). Norris Dam pushes back the Tennessee River seventy-two miles to form Norris Lake

Norris Dam, Tennessee (Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA)). Electric switchyard

The photographs in the Farm Security Administration / Office of War Information Photograph

Norris Dam, Tennessee (Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA)). Fishing at base of Norris Dam

Norris Dam, Tennessee. Tennessee Valley Authority. Lake created by Norris Dam provides swimming facilities for people of Knoxville

Norris Dam, Tennessee. Tennessee Valley Authority. Boats moored at Norris Lake

Norris Dam, Tennessee. Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA). Boats moored at Norris Lake

The photographs in the Farm Security Administration / Office of War Information Photograph

The photographs in the Farm Security Administration / Office of War Information Photograph

Norris Dam, Tennessee. Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA). Boats moored at Norris Lake

Norris Dam, Tennessee. Tennessee Valley Authority. Boats moored at Norris Lake

Norris Dam, Tennessee. Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA). Transmission tower

Norris Dam, Tennessee. Tennessee Valley Authority. Transmission tower

The photographs in the Farm Security Administration / Office of War Information Photograph

The photographs in the Farm Security Administration / Office of War Information Photograph

Untitled photo, possibly related to: Norris Dam, Tennessee

Norris Dam, Tennessee. Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA). Lake created by Norris Dam provides swimming facilities for people of Knoxville

Norris Dam, Tennessee

Norris Dam, Tennessee. Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA). Lake created by Norris Dam provides swimming facilities for people of Knoxville

Norris Dam, Tennessee. Tennessee Valley Authority. Transmission tower