Cowan, McClung and Company Building
Also known as: Fidelity Building500-504 Gay St., Knoxville, Tennessee
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The Fidelity Building is a four-story, three-bay brick building originally constructed in 1871, and extensively remodeled in 1929. The building was originally designed in an Italianate style, and contained a central pediment and balustrade, and storefronts flanked by Corinthian columns.
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+35.96529, -83.9179135°57'55" N, 83°55'04" W
The Fidelity Building is an office building in Knoxville, Tennessee, United States. Initially constructed in 1871 for the wholesale firm Cowan, McClung and Company, the building was home to Fidelity-Bankers Trust Company during the mid-twentieth century, and has since been renovated for use as office space. In 1984, the building was added to the National Register of Historic Places for its architecture and its role in Knoxville's late-nineteenth century wholesaling industry.
Cowan, McClung and Company was formed in 1858 by Knoxville merchants James H. Cowan, Perez Dickinson, and several members of the McClung family. During the years following the Civil War, the company became one of the most profitable in Tennessee as Knoxville's wholesaling market grew exponentially. The company erected its four-story headquarters on Gay Street's 500-block in 1871, and occupied the building until 1919. Another wholesale firm, Anderson-Dulin-Varnell, operated out of the building until 1929. The Fidelity-Bankers Trust Company occupied the building from 1929 until 1964.
The Fidelity Building is currently the headquarters of the wholesale grocery company, H. T. Hackney. In May 2011, the company announced plans to open a grocery store on the building's ground floor.
National Register information
- Posted to the National Register of Historic Places on July 12, 1984
- Reference number
- Architectural styles
- Late 19th and 20th Century Revival; Victorian: Italianate; Other architectural type; Second Renaissance Revival
- Areas of significance
- Commerce; Architecture
- Level of significance
- Evaluation criteria
- A - Event; C - Design/Construction
- Property type
- Historic function
- Current function
- Periods of significance
- 1850-1874; 1925-1949
- Significant years
- 1871; 1929
- February 10, 2021: New photos from Michael Miller
- June 6, 2017: New Street View added by Michael Miller
- October 27, 2015: Photo imported by pam phillips
- October 25, 2015: Photo imported by pam phillips