March 4, 2005 - Mayor Bill Haslam announced
today that a Knoxville couple has purchased and intends to restore
the historic Pickle Mansion.
Jon and Kara Haas, of Haas Haus LLC, intend to renovate the Queen
Anne home, built in 1889, for use as their residence with one or
two apartments on the back. The City has agreed to support their
request to subdivide the lot so they can build additional housing
in keeping with the design guidelines of the Fort Sanders community.
"This purchase represents a win for historic preservation and the
Fort Sanders neighborhood," Mayor Haslam said. "The City worked
with the previous owners to encourage the aggressive marketing of
the property and we are very pleased by the successful result."
The house was damaged by a severe fire in June 2003 and has been
vacant since that time. City officials deemed the home to be in
a state of "demolition by neglect," invoking an ordinance passed
in December 2003 that requires owners to stabilize the property
to prevent further deterioration.
The house, located at 1633 Clinch Avenue, was built by G.W. (George
Washington) Pickle, a Confederate veteran and former state attorney
general. Newspaper articles referred to the home as "Confederate
Hall" or "Fort Sanders Hall" during his lifetime.
"We look forward to beginning work on what will become a wonderful
home for our family," said Jon Haas, an instructor at the University
of Tennessee's School of Architecture and Design. "We appreciate
the support of the City and the community and look forward to the
challenge of saving this incredible house."