In 1905, in accordance with the custom of the Edwardian era, certain proprieties had to be observed for chivalrous treatment of women. Maybe especially in train station waiting rooms, like this special ladies waiting room at the old L&N passenger terminal in Knoxville.
The special waiting room for ladies had its own entrance and fireplace. It was furnished with a library table, writing desks, and rocking chairs. The L&N passenger terminal was one of Knoxville’s most ornate public spaces at the time, purposely designed to out-do the more homely and functional Southern terminal nearby. With trains and passengers gone, the L&N terminal has been home to some offices and a restaurant. It’s now a STEM academy, a school for smart technology-minded kids.