Masonic Court 1916 / Kendrick Place 1981 (52)


600 Union Avenue

Some of the few remaining row houses in Knoxville, these Victorian Vernacular structures were built in 1916 for utility and comfort. The structures are noted for their projecting iron balconies, bayed fronts, and the neoclassical influence of the cornices. The townhouses are representative of residences that were once a common part of downtown prior to the time when the near suburbs were developed.

Originally, the row houses were named Masonic Court due to the close proximity to Masonic Temple just a few feet away. The architect is unknown, but Benjamin Sprankle, a Knoxville real estate developer, is said to have built the row houses. This seems likely, due to the fact that the 400 and 500 block of Union became his residence, and he built four buildings on those blocks.

Masonic Court was restored and converted to condominiums and renamed Kendrick Place by William Kristopher Kendrick in 1981. The project has been well received, and the row houses are once again much sought-after private residences, as well as contributing elements in the revitalization of Knoxville’s downtown.

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