Renovated Cal Johnson Building Opens for Occupancy This Week

The journey for the Cal Johnson Building has been a long one, with surprising twists and turns along the way. Noted by Knox Heritage as a part of its Fragile Fifteen for years, the building has finally found new life, opening this week with eight urban apartments sitting over a commercial space for an as-yet-determined […]

Cal Johnson Building to be Restored

It’s been a long journey for this building which was built by former slave and Knoxville’s first black millionaire, Cal Johnson. Listed in recent years as one of the most endangered, its future has been the subject of hot debate. Two years ago the city placed it under an H1 overlay in order to give […]

City Council Votes to Impose Historic Protection on Cal Johnson Building

City Council meetings sometimes provide a bit of drama and such was the case last night when it considered placing the Cal Johnson Building under historic zoning or H1 protection. Essentially, this means it cannot be easily demolished by current or future owners. It also typically means that redevelopment must follow sometimes difficult and involved […]