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 […]

The Corner Lounge is Returning to Its Original Location!

When Steve Brandon and John Harbison talk about their plans to bring back the Corner Lounge in its original home at 842 North Central, the excitement comes through in everything they say. Steve said, “The idea is to bring back the original vibe.” He clarified that perhaps without some of the seedier elements of some […]

Sapphire Lays Claim to Its Story at 428 South Gay Street

Located at historic 428 South Gay Street, Sapphire has been a downtown cocktail destination since 2005. A dozen years in is long enough for a business to reevaluate itself, take stock of strengths and look toward its future with fresh eyes. That’s what owner Aaron Thompson – who started there as a bartender, becoming the […]

Gallows Hill, The Carpenter’s Union Building, Jack Neely and More

Sometimes a word or a phrase just stands on its own to incite or to evoke a reaction or a mood without further assistance. Gallows Hill. The reader immediately knows what happened there. The Knoxville reader may not readily know that the name references what we now generally call “Summit Hill.” “Summit” has such a […]

Downtown Art Wraps by the Knoxville History Project Appear Around the City

This past summer as the Urban Clan drove around the wild west, we stopped over in Missoula, Montana. I snapped a photo though the car window as I drove (don’t do this at home, children) of a buffalo “painted” on an electrical box. We’d noticed them in other cities as well across Montana and Wyoming […]