The Old City's history is as extraordinary as it is complex. It included White Lily flour and J F G coffee factories and the cities meatpacking district including the Armour Plant. Architecturally, it's Knoxville's best preserved remnant of one particular era, when the city was booming and building. The Railroad, Burr and Terry Sawmill plant and Patrick Sullivan's infamous Saloon buildings became iconic. Richardsonian Romanesque extravagant stylings are obvious in many of these buildings. On the south side of West Jackson became a miniature garment district of sorts with tailors, hat and shoe manufacturers.
The Historic Preservation act and its tax credits for reusing olds architecture brought new owners who rehabilitated many old buildings. Jazz clubs, upscale boutiques and new restaurants have brought many adventurous & affluent urban pioneers to live in the area. It is an amazing and growing community with the mixed use developments happening. Call me to see these amazing places.