Knoxville Tennessee – Gay Friendly With Architectural Gems

One of the lesser known facts about Knoxville Tennessee and Knox County in general is how many beautiful and styles of homes are available in the area. Many of these styles of home constructions are actually unique only to the Knoxville area and if you are lucky enough to find a home in one of these styles you would have made quite an investment.

One type of home construction that originated in the late 1800s and still stands now in Knoxville is called the Nogging style This is a very simple form of architecture where timbers from nearby wild lands formed the frame for the home which was then insulated with sun-dried bricks and the covered with soft-bricks on the outside. The exterior of this boxy little house is then covered completely with clapboard.  This style turned out to be surprising durable and examples of it can be found along the riverside in town.  The style goes back to the turn of the last century.

Another more stately style of home that is peculiar to this area only is called the East Tennessee Vernacular, which features three bay windows on the outside and a huge central hall with rooms flanking either side.  There are chimneys both at the rear and the front of this design.  They are single story and simple with porches that run along the entire length of the home.  This style was mostly built between 1840 and 1900 in Knoxville.

There are also many examples of the rare Italianate style still standing throughout the city. This style dates back to the 1840s and resembles an informal farmhouse covered in clapboard.  These homes are recognizable because many of them have two or even three small ground level porches circling the structure.   This type of housing flourished in Knoxville before the Civil War and affordable examples are still lived in.

The Queen Anne style, which is prized for its charming Gingerbread decorative elements, is found all over Knoxville. The style is an import from Rhode Island in the 19th century. The houses have irregular floor plans and are made of a variety of materials including stone, pressed metal, terra cotta and wood. Many homes in Knoxville boast the wood shingles in diamond, square or fish scale patterns that are signature of the style.  The area also boasts a very unique variation of the Queen Anne style called the Eastlake style, which is even more ornate with carved spindles, carved brackets and shingles in even wilder decorative patterns.

Many of the homes built after the Civil War re Victorian in character and are found in downtown Knoxville, Fourth & Gill and Edgewood-Park City historic districts.  Knoxville is LGBT-friendly for the most part but to make absolutely sure that you are moving into the area of Knoxville that best suits your lifestyle it is best to consult with a resident gay realtor.  If you would like to know a bit more about Knoxville neighborhoods and attractions you can also go to the City of Knoxville official website at