Southern Railway Terminal and Warehouse Historic District

Roughly bounded by Depot Ave., N. Central Ave. and Sullivan St. and S. Central Ave., Vine Ave., and N. and S. Gay St., Knoxville, Tennessee

Southern Railway Passenger Depot that was erected when Knoxville was Southern's most active terminal.

Photos 

Southern Railway Union Passenger Depot Rail Side from Gay Street Viaduct

Smoky Railway Museum Rolling Stock in Foreground

Photo taken by Bob Davis

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Map 

Street View 

Description 

Construction was begun 18 months earlier and, due to the rapid expansion of rail activity through Knoxville, soon became overcrowded resulting in the construction of an additional structure of similar architectural design for the dining and railway express services. The smaller structure is erroneously known as the Southern Freight Depot. It was opened for use on October 15, 1907 as the Southern Railway Expess and Dining Facility. Baggage and Passengers were handled by the larger building and freight through other structures, some no longer standing, on the downtown side of the main tracks opposite the depots.

National Register information 

Status
Posted to the National Register of Historic Places on November 18, 1985
Reference number
85002909
NR name
Southern Terminal and Warehouse Historic District
Architectural styles
American Movement: Chicago; Late 19th and 20th Century Revival: Classical Revival; Victorian: Italianate
Areas of significance
Commerce; Transportation; Architecture
Level of significance
Local
Evaluation criteria
A - Event; C - Design/Construction
Property type
District
Historic functions
Multiple dwelling; Rail-related; Manufacturing facility; Specialty store; Warehouse
Current functions
Specialty store; Multiple dwelling
Periods of significance
1900-1924; 1875-1899; 1850-1874; 1925-1949
Number of properties
Contributing buildings: 67
Contributing structures: 1
Non-contributing buildings: 7

Update Log 

  • May 23, 2013: Updated by Bob Davis: Alter description text to be more exact as to the location of the freight facilites.
  • May 23, 2013: Updated by Bob Davis: Alter description text to b emore exact as to the location of the freight facilites.
  • May 23, 2013: Updated by Bob Davis: Alter description text to be more exact as to the location of the freight facilites.
  • January 3, 2013: New Street View added by Andrew Wood
  • December 30, 2012: Updated by Bob Davis: Added Southern Railway tag, Removed Chicago tag
  • December 30, 2012: Updated by Bob Davis: Added dates of completion and description of usage
  • March 17, 2012: New photo from Bob Davis

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