Farragut Hotel (24)

530 South Gay Street

The Farragut Hotel was designed by New York architect William Lee Stoddart in 1919, and named after the Knoxville-born U.S. Navy Admiral David Glasgow Farragut. For years, it was touted to be “completely fireproof.” It has been the offices of a bank and prominent law firms. Past guests include Merv Griffin; Babe Ruth, Lou Gehrig, and the rest of the early 1930s Yankees, on an exhibition tour; doomed President Ngo Dinh Diem of South Vietnam, and David Ben-Gurion of Israel.

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