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Main Level : 1, Site Built: Yes. We haven't left any insights about this home yet, but as soon as we do, we'll leave our thoughts here. Knoxville MLS See all property history. About the Building. Home Facts. Beds 2. Home facts updated by county records on Apr 24, Activity for S Gay St Schools Serving This Home. Parent Rating:.

South Doyle Middle School. School data provided by GreatSchools. School service boundaries are intended to be used as reference only. To verify enrollment eligibility for a property, contact the school directly. This area is very walkable — most errands can be accomplished on foot. Transit is good , with many nearby public transportation options. There is some amount of infrastructure for biking. Condos in Gay St Knoxville, TN Nearby Properties. Show More. Zip Codes Show More. That saga nearly saw the demolition of the large, beautiful building that we now call the Holston.

Krutch Park Extension we'll talk about Krutch Park itself some other day is a nice enough place to enjoy a festival or some sun rays, but as downtown real estate becomes more and more valuable I can't see it remaining a grassy square forever.


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We're already seeing business beginning to encroach on the space with the announced opening of Clinch River Brewery. I've heard tale of developers murmuring about filling this space in with exciting new developments. Only time will tell. What we do know is that this this space used to be teaming with commercial activity. Shall we dive in? The Block is situated one block north of the original plat of the city.

It is directly across the street from the expansion. In , the block was home to thirteen addresses , the numbers were changed to what we currently know around the turn of the century. At that time, the block looked significantly different. The tallest building on the block was a mere four stories.

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The Holston Bank building had not yet been built. If you were to visit the corner where we now find that venerable old edifice, you would see this: The intersection of Clinch and Gay, The Holston Bank Building would be built where you see the two story structure with the arched windows. Curtis Jewelers until when the property was purchased by Holston National Bank. Holston erected the building we see today in The Holston as it appeared when constructed.

Note it is two stories shorter than at present The Holston National Bank listing its officers and board. Note the much more ornate detailing at the top. The above photo, taken in the 's, captures the way the corner has looked to this day. We'll discuss the evolution of the Holston National Bank as it relates to the fate of the rest of this block a little later. What the opposite corner of the block contained at the time would would feel familiar to now-living Knoxvillians, another bank. In the 's, the East Tennessee National Bank occupied the northern corner of the block in a stately four story "high-rise.

East Tennessee National Bank continued to operate until the great depression. The bank failed in January , spurred by a run on the bank following the recent collapse of Holston-Union Bank just down the block in November of The building would not reopen as a bank for almost two years when Park National Bank was created on December 22, Park was headquartered at this location and the bank grew until it was merged with First American Bank of Nashville in November, , which was purchased by AmSouth Birmingham in , and then Regions Birmingham in The building you see in the above photo stood until , when it and the building next door were torn down for the new 13 story Park Bank which occupies the spot today.

Recently it was announced that the "new" Park Bank building, formerly identifiable by its large, digital clock, will become an Embassy suites hotel after an extensive remodeling.

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Last known photo of the Park Bank clock before it was removed in Photo used with permission of insideofknoxville. Starting at the Park Bank Building and working our way south, the first spot we come upon is S. Gay and This would change by with the arrival of the F. Woolworth Co.

You can read all about Woolworth's here but suffice it to say that Woolworth's was a nation chain of five and dime stores. Many Knoxvillians of a certain age likely remember visiting the counter at Woolworth's for lunch. Woolworth's in Holston in background. Woolworth's storefront circa A Nehi window display at Woolworth's.

Note the counter menu at top. Woolworth's would occupy this spot until , having taken in the adjacent address , which used to be the queen theater.

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The Queen Theater, Woolworth's to the right. By , though, Woolworth's is no longer listed as occupying Woolworth's on Gay Street had closed its doors by By , half of the building was demolished to become the first south half of the current Park Bank Building now Embassy Suites. That's right, they built the Park Bank in two halves. The south half went up first, all 13 stories, then the old Park Bank building was torn down and the north half was erected.

No matter who bought the building redeveloping it has always meant that our space has to be reconfigured in some way. Great news, and congrats on the upcoming year anniversary. Will be looking forward to the party to celebrate it! That would be the fire, aka the Million Dollar Fire.

Insurance companies getting a bit carried away with the damage total but either way it would have been devastating to the property owners. Interestingly, the iconic aftermath photographs were taken by a young Jim Thompson, famed photographer of the Great Smoky Mountains in the s. Notify me of follow-up comments by email. Notify me of new posts by email. This site uses Akismet to reduce spam.

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