Cornerstones Lists Chattanooga Historic Buildings In Peril

Wednesday, May 9, 2018

The Cornerstones historic preservation group has listed its annual Properties in Peril assessment.

Officials said, "These are at the top of our list in terms of the severity of the deterioration the buildings are currently in."

St. George Hotel, NR originally Glen Hotel, 1924 – this was the city’s first fireproof hotel

Ellis Restaurant, NR as part of the Market & Main Streets HD, 1930

Levin Brothers, NR as part of the Market & Main Streets Historic District, 1900

Tadley Building, NR as part of the MLK Historic District, 1915

Endangered Properties:
Officials said, "These properties are in stable condition but are still not in use so we will be diligent and keep a watchful eye."

Brown's Tavern, NR – ca. 1805

Engel Stadium, NR - 1924

Jazzy Furniture Building - ca. 1890s

Burchay Building - 1893

Industrial Y - 1924

1612 Cowart St.

Historic Cemeteries:
Several area cemeteries are at risk of being forgotten. We will continue to monitor and bring attention to those that are at risk. Citizen's Cemetery burials predate the Civil War.

Historic Schools:
Chattanooga’s small, community schools are being demolished to make way for larger ones. We will always advocate for adaptive reuse.

CSAS - Wyatt Hall listed on the NR, 1920

Brainerd Junior High - 4201 Cherryton Drive, 1930. Designed by Reuben Harrison Hunt and reflects Colonial and/or Georgian influences.

Highland Park Elementary - originally the Hemlock School, 1920

Oldest Buildings Cornerstones has worked with:

Brown's Tavern 1803
John Brown House 1830s
Dent house 1853
Urban Stack 1870s
Ross Meehan 1875
Central Block 1883
Dome Building 1892
Customs House 1892

Saved in the past year:

Ross Meehan, 1892 by the Chattanooga Market - this one was on the top of the properties in peril list last year, then the city donated the building to Cornerstones and John Wise purchased the building and is currently working on the development of new commercial space and a brewery

Chattanooga Choo Choo Terminal Station Dome was donated to Cornerstones and will undergo a $1 million restoration

Lost in the past year:

1208 King Street - built at the turn of the 19th century one-story brick building demolished to make room for the new Moxy Hotel. 

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