Strolling through the Fourth & Gill Historic District is a trip back into the past. One of Knoxville’s oldest neighborhoods, the area lies just north of the Old City and downtown Knoxville. This unique area offers homes from the 1880s, quiet tree lined streets with sidewalks, churches, and apartment buildings. Restoration, and recreation, of these architectural treasures has been the goal of those who make the neighborhood their home.
The 300, or so, structures were added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1985. The district is roughly bounded by Broadway on the West, Interstate 275 and 40 to the East and Wells Avenue to the North. The district name comes for the intersection of North Fourth Avenue and Gill Avenue which is in the center of the district. Immediately to the Northwest lies Old North Knoxville Historic District which is dated to the same period.
Most of the homes within the area are believed to have been designed by George Barber and Joseph Bauman; renowned Knoxville architects of that period. Craftsman style and Queen Ann designs are the dominate looks in the neighborhood. Today, there is a mix of extensively renovated and restored homes as well as those where recreation is in the plans. Most of the area structures were built over a period 60 years ending in the 1940s.
Not only is this a single family neighborhood but there are several duplexes, apartment buildings, churches and a former school. The history of the area is obvious to visitors. A small wooded park on Eleanor Street offers a unique feel for resident families.
The area is currently zoned for Beaumont Elementary School, Vine Magnet Middle School, and Fulton High School.