Parkridge home tour is October 25

The Historic Parkridge Neighborhood will be hosting a 1945-Era Home Tour on Sunday, October 25, 2015 from 1:00-6:00 p.m. Present-day Parkridge encompasses the early Edgewood subdivision which contains many houses built by George Barber, a 19th-century, Victorian house architect. This tour features a variety of homes with a focus on occupants during the Swing era, immediately after WWII. Learn about this history as you tour 8 open houses and 3 homes in the Park Place condominiums. Additionally, WWII living historians will help set the ambiance. Park Place will open up the condos and Swing Dancing with period music will be offered in their gymnasium at 6pm, following the main portion of the home tour. Ticket holders may participate in the dancing at no additional cost.

The homes will span the eras from the 1890’s to the 1945, and are good examples of the ongoing revitalization of the neighborhood. In addition, a walking tour of 20 homes not open to the public will be included. The walking tour will focus on the history of the homes and their former occupants in 1945.

Tickets are $10 per person if purchased in advance and $12 on the day of the event. Children under 12 are admitted for free. Parking is available at the Ashley Nicole Park, 620 Winona Street, 37917. Tickets may be purchased in advance at K-Brew, Saw Works Brewery, Three Rivers Market, or until 4 pm the day of the tour at Ashley Nicole Park. Walking is necessary and many houses have steps. Parkridge is a bike-able neighborhood and tour-goers are welcome to ride bicycles.
For more information call 865-951-6614.

History of Historic Parkridge

Parkridge is an urban neighborhood built mostly from the 1880s to the 1930s. The houses are close together, with sidewalks connecting its residences to major roadways and businesses. The neighborhood is less than 2 miles from downtown Knoxville. Parkridge has gained notoriety for having the largest concentration of George Barber homes in the nation. This area has been known as part of Park City to residents and former residents for over 100 years. Today the Park City Historic District is on the National Register of Historic Places, and the Edgewood Park section, with its concentration of Barber-design houses, has historic overlay protection.