It’s the ‘20s again, whether we’re ready for it or not, but the old ‘20s haven’t given up on us altogether. Some museums are closed, but parts of Knoxville are kind of an outdoor museum of 1920s architecture, suitable for driving or even walking tours.

In the 1920s, Knoxville's population swelled by more than a third, and the city marked a total population of more than 100,000 for the first time. The university was getting bigger, big factories like Fulton, Brookside, and Standard were hiring, and the city was filling out the new suburban areas like Sequoyah Hills and Holston Hills that had been annexed in 1917. Architecture of the 1920s might be a confusing concept to consider. Buildings of the '20s don't necessarily look much alike. In every kind of art, there were lots of different currents during that fast-changing era.

UT's Ayres Hall

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Enjoy downtown architecture with this self-guided walking tour here.

Enjoy University of Tennessee architecture with this self-guided tour here.

Enjoy Sequoyah Hills Park and Talahi Park on the Sequoyah Hills Greenway.