Medical Arts Building

603 Main St., Knoxville, Tennessee


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Built 1929-1930 as an office building for physicians; designed by Manley and Young

Photo: Brian Stansberry / Creative Commons,"



The lot on which the Medical Arts Building stands was originally located just outside Charles McClung's 1791 plat of Knoxville, though the lot had been incorporated into the city by 1800. By the late 19th century, the elaborate Victorian residence of pharmaceutical magnate A. J. Albers stood on the lot.[4][5] The home of artist Charles Krutch once stood in the parking lot adjacent to the building.[6] By the early 1900s, numerous physicians were operating out of buildings in the area between South Market Street and Henley Street, such as those located in what is now the South Market Historic District.[7] Following World War I, the James Park House (at the corner of Walnut and Cumberland) was converted into a clinic, in part because of the large number of doctors' offices in its vicinity. In the late 1920s, prominent physician Herbert Acuff (18861951), seeing a necessity for a more modern medical office building, recruited several investors, and purchased the lot at the corner of Main and Locust. Construction on the Medical Arts Building, designed by the Lexington, Kentucky-based firm Manley and Young, began in 1929 and was completed in 1930. In the 1930s, Acuff's investment company went bankrupt, and the Medical Arts Building was sold to the Metropolitan Life Insurance Company. In subsequent years, the building's first floor tenants have included a bank, a drug store and restaurant. In 1981, Knoxville-area developer Kristopher Kendrick purchased the building, and in turn sold it in 1983 to the Medical Arts Building Association, which renovated the building for modern office space.[

National Register information 

Posted to the National Register of Historic Places on May 24, 1984
Reference number
Area of significance
Level of significance
Evaluation criteria
C - Design/Construction
Property type
Historic function
Current function
Period of significance
Significant years
1929; 1930

Update Log 

  • October 25, 2015: Photo imported by pam phillips

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