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Parkridge

Parkridge is another modern (the 1970s) designation for a reviving historic neighborhood that was originally considered to be part of something else. Much of what we know as East Knoxville was called Park City in the late 1800s. It drew its name from the fact that it lay between downtown and one of Knoxville’s most celebrated attractions, Chilhowee Park. By 1917, another park at that neighborhood’s western edge added to the agreeable theme, with the opening of Caswell Park, Knoxville’s baseball field. Meanwhile, Chestnut Ridge lay along the neighborhood’s northern slope. A combination of Park City and Chestnut Ridge, Parkridge came about.

Parkridge is a neighborhood of mostly wooden Victorian houses. In fact, it holds America’s highest concentration of homes designed by George Barber (1854-1915), a nationally known designer of fancy but still affordable Victorian or Queen Anne style houses. Originally from the Chicago area, he moved to Knoxville in 1888, where he made most of his career and became Knoxville’s best-known architect. Barber lived in the part of Park City now known as Parkridge, and here created plans for his mail-order architecture business that resulted in houses across America.


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