The Eugenia Williams House

What’s the latest on the future of this iconic Knoxville residence? 
Knox Heritage supports the sale of the Eugenia Williams House by the University of Tennessee to someone who will care for and restore the historic structure. Our organization feels strongly that the house should not be sold without a preservation easement protecting it from demolition and encouraging proper restoration.

Recent News

Sale parameters will be considered at the August 22 State Building Commission Executive Subcommittee in Nashville (Agenda).

Sale, Possible Demolition of Long-Empty Eugenia Williams Mansion Approved – WBIR 7.24.19

Order Granting the Petition of the University of Tennessee 7.24.19

Next step: UT spokeswoman Tiffany Carpenter said, “The university will now go before the State Building Commission to request approval of the sale and will work with the State of Tennessee Real Estate Asset Management group to determine the best way to sell the property.” – Compass

UT Board of Trustees Approve Sale of Eugenia Williams House – WBIR 6.25.19

Go Beyond the Front Door

Brian Pittman, with help from KH board member Jeff Wilke and volunteer Scott Brun, has created a series of videos that take you inside the legendary Eugenia Williams House.
Visit our website to see all six videos via YouTube
Revisit Daniel Johnson’s extensive photo gallery from our 2015 Behind the Scenes Tour for our members.

Why This Place Matters

Eugenia Williams was born in January 1900 to a prominent physician and one of the original investors who introduced Coca-Cola to East Tennessee. In 1940, Eugenia commissioned her childhood friend, John Fanz Staub, to design her a new residence. Staub, a native Knoxvillian, is best known for designing homes for many wealthy and influential Texans, with over half of his design work located in Houston alone. Architect Howard Barnstone, the publisher of The Architecture of John F. Staub and The Country Houses of John F. Staub stated that Staub “…talked about designing homes that would be an expression of the people who lived in them. You have to look at his houses not only as a record of his design work but also his interpretation of the character and personality of his clients.” Miss. Williams’ Regency-style home sits on 24 acres bordering the Tennessee River and still has most of its original design features intact. In 1998, the house was willed to the University of Tennessee as a memorial to Eugenia’s father. The property is located within the Lyons View Historic District.

All it takes is one visit to the property to understand that this is a beautiful and irreplaceable piece of Knoxville’s history and architectural legacy.