Fourth and Gill 2017 Tour of Homes, Part Two

Cureton House, 1025 Eleanor Street, Fourth and Gill Tour of Homes, April 2017

Just about the time I pronounce a favorite, I look at the next set of photographs and remember another house I loved. The Cureton House at 1025 Eleanor, built in 1907 was an incredibly warm and inviting space. The fact that the owner said I didn’t have to take my boots off to walk through endeared her to me forever.

Cureton House, 1025 Eleanor Street, Fourth and Gill Tour of Homes, April 2017

Cureton House, 1025 Eleanor Street, Fourth and Gill Tour of Homes, April 2017

Cureton House, 1025 Eleanor Street, Fourth and Gill Tour of Homes, April 2017

Cureton House, 1025 Eleanor Street, Fourth and Gill Tour of Homes, April 2017

The Queen Anne cottage was purchased by Edmund and Willie Mae Cureton in 1907. He operated a shop on the 500 block of Gay Street selling mostly clothing. In 1919, after its construction, he moved his shop into the Farragut Hotel. They sold the house in 1944 and by 1948 it had been sub-divided into apartments, eventually having as many as four units. The house fell into disrepair, but in 2005 was renovated to return it to a one-family home.

Cureton House, 1025 Eleanor Street, Fourth and Gill Tour of Homes, April 2017

Cureton House, 1025 Eleanor Street, Fourth and Gill Tour of Homes, April 2017

Cureton House, 1025 Eleanor Street, Fourth and Gill Tour of Homes, April 2017

Cureton House, 1025 Eleanor Street, Fourth and Gill Tour of Homes, April 2017

Beautiful rugs are found throughout the home and the old piano just off the front room was a point of conversation due to its unusual wood with its gorgeous grain. Small stained-glass touches added to the beauty of the home, including one small piece in the kitchen used as a cabinet front. The upstairs bedroom included alcoves to serve as reading spots and more, plus enough angles to keep a geometry teacher happy for years.

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Fourth and Gill 2017 Tour of Homes, Part One

Kirkpatrick-Perkins House, 830 Deery Street, Fourth and Gill Tour of Homes, April 2017

Urban Woman and I are big fans of home tours and we look forward to several each year, including the Fourth and Gill Tour of Homes. Despite the fact the rain refused to relent all weekend long, we were determined to make the tour. Happily this year, Urban Brother, visiting from his new home in Destin, Florida was able to join us for a deeper dive into our city.

The original local suburb, homes began construction in this part of the city around 1880 and continued to around 1915, encompassing a range of styles, from Victorian to Craftsman homes and Bungalow style. The once-grand neighborhood fell onto hard times as the Great Depression gripped the country and suburbs moved farther from the center city. Beginning in the 1970s, it has experienced a resurgence that has led to the neighborhood being a highly sought-after place to live.

Today I’ll look at the beginning of the tour and I’ll finish up tomorrow. The content for these articles has been provided by the tour booklet, which is given to all participants. The photographs are mine, albeit taken in the rain and with a wet camera.

Central United Methodist Church, 201 E. Third Ave., Fourth and Gill Tour of Homes, Knoxville, April 2015

The first stop on the tour was Central United Methodist Church, built in 1927. At the time of its construction, it boasted the biggest auditorium in town. We’d toured it before, so we didn’t this time. The photo above is from a previous tour and you’ll find more information and photographs by following that link.

Next up was the Kirkpatrick-Perkins House, built in 1886. At that time it was a part of the short-lived City of North Knoxville. First owned by widow, Jessie Kirkpatrick, after her death, the home was purchased by James Perkins, a local salesman, and owned by one part of the Perkins family or another from 1888 to 2004. Nelle Perkins, four-years-old when her family moved into the home, remained there until her death eighty-five years later.

Amanda Humphreys Pottery, Fourth and Gill Tour of Homes, Knoxville, April 2017

Kirkpatrick-Perkins House, 830 Deery Street, Fourth and Gill Tour of Homes, April 2017

Kirkpatrick-Perkins House, 830 Deery Street, Fourth and Gill Tour of Homes, April 2017

Kirkpatrick-Perkins House, 830 Deery Street, Fourth and Gill Tour of Homes, April 2017

The first feature of the home to grab attention is the beautiful front porch with a circular end. This porch also included Amanda Humphreys Pottery and other artists were scattered throughout the tour, which gave it a little extra interest. Beautiful covered fireplaces are found throughout and the kitchen counter is the longest straight counter top I think I have ever seen in a home. The kitchen also featured a very cool table left by the previous owners, as well as recessed bench seating.

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Rossini 2017 Dances Around the Rain Until It Can Dance No More

The forecast looked bleak. The history is spotty, at best. We all remember the year the Rossini Festival, sponsored by Knoxville Opera, was washed out by buckets of day-long rain. I slipped out early to watch the dogged preparations, as vendors and … [Continue reading]

Downtown Knoxville Ten Day Planner (4/23 – 5/2/2017)

If you want to be certain your event is included on this calendar, I’ll need your event two weeks in advance. The absolute best way to make sure I include your event is to make a FB event and invite me – two weeks in advance. My FB “events” are the … [Continue reading]

The French Market Opens Today at 412 Clinch Avenue

Been missing your crepes? Jonesing for your chocolate croissants? You may now breathe a little easier: The French Market Crêperie is open for business as of 9:00 AM this morning. You'll find the same great menu you remember from their previous … [Continue reading]