The 1912 “skyscraper” known as the Holston, once Knoxville’s tallest building, has witnessed a lot in its 108 years at the corner of Gay and Clinch, from a Great Depression bank failure to the FBI’s interrogation of a Nazi spy, to some landmark recording sessions of some of the earliest national stars of bluegrass music. And it’s facade may have been the first job of the city’s most successful Italian stonecutter.
This exclusive program is only available to residents of the Holston Building and guests.
Gay Street looking north with the Holston Building (then the Hamilton Bank), in the background, 1935. (McClung Historical Collection)
Charitable donations are encouraged to support the community work of the Knoxville History Project, an educational nonprofit that researches and promotes the history and culture of the city.
Donors contributing $100 or more will be recognized as a sponsor during the program. program. Donate online via the above link (please put “Holston Building” in the “additional note to seller box” so we can track donations.)