The Historic Ely Building

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Part of the South Market Street Historic District, the Ely Building was built in 1903 as the home and office for Dr. S. M. Miller who was instrumental in early 20th century state legislation requiring all physicians to be licensed. The district was home and office for a number of other important people in the Medical profession in Knoxville and was one of the City’s first mixed-use neighborhoods.

Over the course of the next 100 years the building suffered through a number of modifications most recently completed by a television production company whose offices were located on all 3 floors. The new owners purchased the property with the goal of rehabilitating as a single family house for their family of 5. The interior of the house was fully gutted which provided clues to how the original building was laid out. Using these clues as a guide a new organization system was inserted which included a service core dividing primary spaces from a corridor overlooking an adjacent parking lot. A new modern steel stair with open risers was also inserted which provides access and serves as a light monitor bringing light through the building from the roof to the basement. This stair includes a slatted white oak screen which visually unifies the vertical element and provides fall protection without the addition of a traditional guardrail.

The restrained yet sophisticated materials palette complements the historic nature of the property. This includes wide plank white oak floors with a natural finish, lacquered white cabinets with white oak accents, and statuary marble backsplashes.

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Modern home with Outdoor. Church Street Photo  of The Historic Ely BuildingView Photos

Church Street

Modern home with Staircase, Wood Tread, Wood Railing, Metal Tread, and Metal Railing. Organization Diagram Photo 2 of The Historic Ely BuildingView Photos

Organization Diagram

Modern home with Living Room and Light Hardwood Floor. Sitting Room Photo 4 of The Historic Ely BuildingView Photos

Sitting Room

Modern home with Living Room and Light Hardwood Floor. Living/Kitchen/Dining Photo 5 of The Historic Ely BuildingView Photos

Living/Kitchen/Dining

Modern home with Staircase, Metal Tread, Wood Tread, Metal Railing, and Wood Railing. Stair screen Photo 8 of The Historic Ely BuildingView Photos

Stair screen

Modern home with Staircase, Wood Tread, Metal Tread, Wood Railing, and Metal Railing. Reading nook + Stairwell Photo 9 of The Historic Ely BuildingView Photos

Reading nook + Stairwell

Modern home with Bedroom and Light Hardwood Floor. Master Bedroom Photo 10 of The Historic Ely BuildingView Photos

Master Bedroom

Modern home with Bedroom and Light Hardwood Floor. Master Sitting Room Photo 11 of The Historic Ely BuildingView Photos

Master Sitting Room

Modern home with Bath Room, Light Hardwood Floor, Stone Counter, Freestanding Tub, Enclosed Shower, and Undermount Sink. Master Bathroom Photo 12 of The Historic Ely BuildingView Photos

Master Bathroom

Modern home with Bath Room, Freestanding Tub, and Pendant Lighting. Master Bathroom Photo 13 of The Historic Ely BuildingView Photos

Master Bathroom

Modern home with Doors, Interior, Wood, and Sliding Door Type. Master Bathroom Photo 15 of The Historic Ely BuildingView Photos

Master Bathroom

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Existing Conditions

Existing Conditions - Demolition Photo 17 of The Historic Ely Building modern homeView Photos

Existing Conditions - Demolition

Plan Diagram Photo 18 of The Historic Ely Building modern homeView Photos

Plan Diagram

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Building Section

Credits

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Builder
  • Grace Construction
Photographer
  • Bruce Cole

Overview

Bedrooms
  • 4
  • Full Baths
  • 2
  • Partial Baths
  • 1
  • Structure
  • House (Single Residence)
  • Style
  • Modern
  • Year
  • 2017
  • Square Feet
  • 3416
  • 3416