The historic seal at the edge of the neighborhood says, “The City of North Knoxville, Tenn 1887-1897.” Today we know the community as ”Old North Knoxville.”
One of the oldest communities in the Knoxville area, Old North Knoxville was bordered by the streetcar system servicing Central Avenue and Broadway. Tree lined streets with sidewalks and street lights and historic architecture are characteristics of the neighborhood. The area was incorporated in 1889 and annexed into Knoxville in 1897.
This walkable neighborhood is roughly bounded by Woodland Avenue on the North, Broadway on the East, Anderson Avenue and Baxter Avenue to the South, and Central Avenue to the West. A drive through this area will reveal many architectural styles: Queen Ann, Craftsman, Victorian, Colonial Revival, Tudor, Neoclassical and French Eclectic. Today, Old North Knoxville, Inc. and Knox Heritage work to preserve these homes. Since the area was designated a Historic District in 1922, there are numerous avenues to finance restoration. Recently, the City of Knoxville detailed some needs and goals of the general area with the “Downtown North Redevelopment Plan.”
Many of the homes are protected by an H-1 Historic Overlay which protects these unique homes for future generations.
The area is convenient to downtown Knoxville, the University of Tennessee, Interstates 40 and 275, shopping, restaurants, churches, medical facilities, YMCA, Boys and Girls Clubs, and city bus lines.
The area is currently zoned for Christenberry Elementary School, Whittle Springs Middle School and Fulton High School.