Random Homes in Fort Sanders, Part One

Home in Fort Sanders, Knoxville

There are many great homes in and around Fort Sanders. Some of them are lovingly cared for by single-owner occupants. Some of them are sub-divided into as many apartments as could be carved from their insides. In many cases these, or others that are rented as a whole are falling apart. Stories of absentee landlords allowing their property to fall apart, crumble and generally degenerate are probably as old as the neighborhood itself.

Home in Fort Sanders, Knoxville

Home in Fort Sanders, Knoxville

Still, even with the obvious decay, it isn’t hard to imagine how grand this part of Knoxville once was and wish it could attain that same grandeur once more. The difficulty in such a proposition is that to renovate, restore and rescue a home of this age, and in the case of many of them, of this size is enormous. It really takes someone with access to large amounts of money and a willingness to continue expending it through the coming years.

Once Grand, Now Falling Apart, Home in Fort Sanders, Knoxville

Most of us couldn’t consider doing it and I really appreciate the people who do. As for the people who could do better, but choose to allow these once elegant homes to fall apart while they milk the last pennies from hapless UT students they possibly can, I don’t know how they sleep at night.

Smaller Homes with Character, Fort Sanders, Knoxville

Home with alternating colors of siding, Fort Sanders, Knoxville

I’ll post another round in part two. I’m sure that there are many more that deserve attention, but I’ll at least share a few that caught my eye.


  1. The house captioned “Once Grand, Now Falling Apart, Home in Fort Sanders, Knoxville;” my Dad lived in that house in the late ’60s when he was in college! They called it the Rat Palace back then… Nice pictures!

  2. Brad Wells says:

    Thanks for sharing! I’ve been trying to find pictures of all the lost houses of Fort Sanders. If you have any suggestions please let me know. So many have gone the way of the wrecking ball, it’d be nice to at least have a picture of them. Keep up the good work!

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