|Office of Neighborhoods
|Old North Knoxville, Inc.
Date: The 2nd Monday of Every Month
Time: 6:30 PM
Where: St. James Episcopal Church
The mission of Old North Knoxville, Inc., is to preserve, promote and protect the Old North Knoxville Neighborhood.
Bylaws have not been provided.
About Our Neighborhood
Old North Knoxville, Inc. (ONK) was established to preserve, promote and protect the neighborhood, which is a residential and business district built from the 1880's to the 1940's. It includes the triangle formed by Central Street, Broadway, and Woodland Avenue, as well as the area east of Broadway bounded by Cecil Avenue, Sixth Avenue, Glenwood Avenue and Broadway.
The houses are of various sizes and styles that reflect the economic conditions of the times.
Our neighborhood reflects a diversity of architectural styles from shotguns to mansions. The homes range in size from less than 1,000 square feet up to 9,000 square feet. Most of the homes are owner-occupied and rental units, although there are abandoned and condemned houses. Since 1992, when the neighborhood was made an historic district, many residents have been restoring and renovating their homes. We have also experienced an increase in home sales and property values since the historic overlay was enacted. Sales price per square foot has increased 157% since 1990. ("The Economic Benefits of Historic Designation," published August 1996 by Knoxville/Knox County Metropolitan Planning Commission).
Our mission statement calls for us to preserve and protect old homes within the neighborhood. Endangered homes, such as these, are typical situations that the neighborhood association monitors carefully. The top right house was finally demolished around 2002 when it was deemed unsalvageable. The bottom right house was restored by Knox Heritage in 2004. To see what it looks like today, move your mouse over the image.
Woodland Avenue is an area that that ONK is especially concerned about preserving. In recent years, commercial development has slowly encroached into the neighborhood, resulting in demolition of sound residential housing that formerly formed part of the northern border of Historic Old North Knoxville.
And finally, one cannot help but notice the trees in Historic Old North Knoxville, which are preserved with reverence by its residents. Giant oaks, maples and magnolias, many dating from before the turn of the century, line the sidewalks and shade the yards of most houses in the neighborhood.