April 26 event to include address from City of Knoxville Mayor Indya Kincannon as well as tours of the HGTV Urban Oasis home 

KNOXVILLE, TN — (March 9, 2020) — Registration is now open for the Historic Fourth and Gill Neighborhood’s 30th Annual Tour of Homes. In the lead-up to the April 26 event, members of the home tour committee will be available for media interviews.

This year’s tour includes nine private homes and lofts, one historic church, and one of the most well-known houses in Knoxville: The HGTV Urban Oasis home.

The Fourth and Gill Neighborhood Center, known as the Birdhouse, will host a 30th anniversary home tour retrospective. Local artists will also be featured on numerous porches.

Guests can purchase special VIP tickets in honor of the 30th anniversary of the event. This ticket will include one exclusive home visit, a private brunch and an address from City of Knoxville Mayor Indya Kincannon.

“We are thrilled to present the 30th edition of this event,” co-chair Sean Martin said. “The Fourth and Gill Tour of Homes tells the story of Knoxville from the late 1800s through the 21st century and highlights the importance of historic preservation.”

“Fourth and Gill’s unique architecture and distinctive urban design are significant to understanding Knoxville’s evolution, an evolution that continues today as the city navigates important issues from public transportation, to affordable housing, to zoning,” Martin said.

Proceeds from the home tour fund community events, North Knoxville beautification efforts and additional Fourth and Gill neighborhood initiatives.

Tickets can be purchased at FourthAndGill.wordpress.com and at Central United Methodist Church on April 26.

WHAT: The 30th Annual Historic Fourth and Gill Neighborhood Tour of Homes
WHEN: Sunday, April 26, 1-6 p.m. | Guided Tours at 1:30 and 2:30 p.m.
WHERE: Tour starts at Central United Methodist Church (301 Third Ave.) where attendees can board trolleys or walk the tour route
WHO: Nearly 1,000 attendees and key community members
VISUALS:

·         Pre-Event:

o   Home tour committee members are available for interview (now through April 26) to discuss the event, as well as how changes in and around downtown affect Knoxville’s neighborhoods.  

·         Event Day:

o   The event-day visuals include hundreds of attendees visiting a variety of home styles including Victorian, Craftsman, Queen Anne, and Gothic Revival.

o   This year’s tour will feature the HGTV Urban Oasis home.

o   City of Knoxville Mayor Indya Kincannon will address guests.

o   Knoxville-area artists stationed on the porches of many homes.

COST:

·         Through April 25: $12

·         April 26: $15

·         VIP Tickets are $50.

ON-SITE CONTACT: Event chair Sean Martin, 865.386.8909

About Historic Fourth and Gill Neighborhood

The Historic Fourth and Gill Neighborhood features more than 280 residential structures, including single-family houses, duplexes, and apartment buildings. The district also contains one school—now Brownlow Lofts—and three churches. Historic Fourth and Gill serves an example of the neighborhoods that flourished in Knoxville during the last quarter of the 19th Century. Some of Knoxville’s most notable architects, including George F. Barber and Joseph Bauman left their mark on the neighborhood. For more details, visit FourthAndGill.wordpress.com.