A final piece of the J.C. Penney building renovation started in 2013, The Parlor at Maple Hall is one of downtown Knoxville’s hidden gems. The Parlor sits above Maple Hall bowling alley and hosts guests to a fun evening of games, drinks, and eats. The space offers a novel lounge where guests can comfortably socialize or play classic board games with a group of friends. In addition to the traditional sized household classics, the space also incorporates over-sized board games on the lounge wall, encouraging group play and doubling as interesting graphics for the space. Through the design and arrangement of seating, The Parlor creates a commutative space where guests feel invited to stay for the evening, or comfortably wait for their lane to open downstairs at Maple Hall.
Adding to The Parlor’s charm is the space’s modest entries. The Parlor is only accessible through a back staircase within Maple Hall or from the back promenade of the Gay Street buildings. Once inside, the finishes throughout the interior highlight the beauty of the historic building, while connecting The Parlor back to the interior of Maple Hall.