Fourth and Gill Historic District– Knoxville, Tennessee
North of Downtown Knoxville, Tennessee, between US Highway 441 and I-40, lays a charming neighborhood known as Fourth and Gill Historic District. The neighborhood is mesmerizing, and the 72-acres are made of over 280 enchanting Bungalow/Craftsman, Gothic Revival, and Queen Anne-style homes. From the sweet picket fences and large porches to the convenient location of booming downtown Knoxville, it’s evident why this area is so coveted and the housing market so hot.
Written by Jessica Winspear of New Again Houses® Knoxville
The History – Fourth And Gill Historic District
Dating back to the late nineteenth century, Fourth and Gill Historic Overlay District was one of the original streetcar suburbs. Its development was contributed to industrial growth, and the area housed many laborers working in factories along the East Tennessee and Georgia Railroad. This neighborhood was special though. Not only did it house laborers, it was also home to prominent figures in the city such as Tennessee Governor Robert Love Taylor, Architect Albert B. Baumann, Sr., and furniture tycoon James G. Sterchi. In 1897, Fourth and Gill, along with Old North Knoxville, was annexed as part of the city of Knoxville. Like most city neighborhoods, Fourth and Gill started to decline due to the invention of the automobiles as well as urban sprawl.
In the late 1970’s and early 1980’s, Fourth and Gill Historic District started to experience gentrification. In 1985, it was recorded with the National Register of Historic Places as a Historic District. Its redevelopment has really taken place over the last couple of decades. HGTV chose Fourth and Gill to be home to their 2017 Urban Oasis Home Sweepstakes. They showcased the historic district by turning a one-story craftsman bungalow into a charismatic, all-American home, nothing short of Pinterest dreams. It is safe to say this area is no longer up and coming. Houses in this market aren’t easy to come by and are generally listed well above the median home price in Knoxville, Tennessee. If purchasing a home in this area seems out of reach, there are rent options available in the district as well.
Why Should I Move Here?
Regardless of owning or renting, there is not a lack of things to do in the Fourth and Gill Historic District. While the housing market is no longer up and coming, the commercial industry is currently blossoming. The craft brewery scene has particularly found success in this area, and Fourth and Gill is within walking distance to several unique breweries including Crafty Bastard Brewery, Elkmont Exchange, Last Days of Autumn Brewing, and Schulz Bräu Brewing Company. Coffee shops have also found success in the area. K Brew, Remedy Coffee, Wildlove Bakehouse, Vienna Coffee House, and more are all at its doorstep.
Also located right outside Fourth and Gill Historic District is Knoxville’s Community Food Co-op and supermarket, Three Rivers Market and in the summers and falls, Central Filling Station is a food truck haven. Just a short drive away is Ijams Nature Center, an outdoor oasis for nature lovers of any kind. It’s just as easy to head down and find something to do in Knoxville’s city center.
Between the charming history, the abundance of things to do nearby, and the well-organized neighborhood association, Fourth and Gill Historic District will not disappoint, and it’s easy to venture into the adjacent, equally impressive Old North Knoxville Historic District or the commercialized Old City Historic District.
Don’t miss the opportunity to tour the homes of Fourth and Gill Historic District:
29thAnnual Fourth and Gill Tour of Homes
Date: Sunday, April 28, 2019
Time: 1:00-6:00 pm
Grab a coffee or a beer at one of the breweries above and head to Central United Methodist Church to check-in and receive a tour booklet. If walking is not an option, a red trolley bus is available for transit, along with a resident tour guide host.
Find more information on Fourth and Gill Historic District and the building guidelines here: