The antebellum Walker-Sherrill house, one of the last antebellum buildings on Kingston Pike, was almost lost. Preservationist group Knox Heritage began trying to work deals to save it five years ago, as an array of developers attempted to remove or compromise it. During long controversy, thieves stole the house’s valuable mantels—but the house’s woodwork and elegant staircase are still intact. By a compromise okayed by City Council last week, it will be renovated by West Knoxville developer Bill Hodges for offices.

Photo by David Luttrell

The antebellum Walker-Sherrill house, one of the last antebellum buildings on Kingston Pike, was almost lost. Preservationist group Knox Heritage began trying to work deals to save it five years ago, as an array of developers attempted to remove or compromise it. During long controversy, thieves stole the house’s valuable mantels—but the house’s woodwork and elegant staircase are still intact. By a compromise okayed by City Council last week, it will be renovated by West Knoxville developer Bill Hodges for offices.

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