"Jazzy" Building - 1900

Broad Street

Constructed ca. 1900, these two properties were built simultaneously for commercial use as part of the thriving Market and Broad Street business district.  “Jazzy” was the name of the last furniture store that was housed on one of these buildings.  Very interesting architectural façade fronting on Market Street is still intact.


18   First Tennessee Complex

Carter Street

This property was historically the pattern shop for the Ross-Meghan Foundry, but is now owned by the City of Chattanooga and is a part of the First Tennessee Complex.  The building is used for storage and is beginning to show signs of structural failure.


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Big Ben's BBQ

MLK/ Houston

This property located in the Martin Luther King National Register Historic District and was in the process of being renovated when the owner unexpectedly passed away. The first floor of the property remains virtually gutted and there is no movement on the property. This national register district has lost so many buildings, this is one that anchors a corner and completes the first block of the district. It would be a terrible loss to the community if it were not saved and reused.


Chattanooga School for Arts and Sciences - 1922

865 East Third Street

The auditorium of the school, Wyatt Hall, is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.  Interestingly, many famous people have attended this school, including Samuel L. Jackson, actor.  There is real concern that the school might be vastly altered by removing one or both of the original rear ells to allow for other construction on site, inappropriate repairs to the balustrade of the main school entrance and/or replacement of the original windows. 


Citizen's Cemetery

Riverside Drive

This is an important piece of our local history that has not been maintained in the past, but its maintenance has improved.  It is immediate adjacent to the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga campus and directly across the street from CSAS.  Civil War soldiers are buried in this cemetery.


Ellis Restaurant

1415 Market Street

Located immediately adjacent to the St. George Hotel, this is another contributing property to the Market and Main Street National Register Historic District.  The footprint of this building is small (app. 3,750 square feet) but it is what holds the St. George to the property immediately to the north.  The historic neon sign is what stands out is one of the most interesting of this property. It is original and Cornerstones is pursuing grants to renovate this iconic sign.


Engel Stadium- 1930

O'Neil and 3rd Street

Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, this property is surrounded by support from Cornerstones, the community, UTC, and the Engel Foundation – dedicated to its saving and future use.  The challenge of saving the structure is complicated with future use and retention of historical and architectural significance.  This was the site of the majority of the baseball scenes for the 2013 release of “42” – the Jackie Robinson story.

Fleetwood Coffee

Fleetwood Coffee

11th Street

This property is located on 11th Street one block from Chattanooga City Hall.  It was the home of the Fleetwood Coffee processing plant and as far as we know, the coffee grinding equipment remains. The property is vacant and there is no movement to renovation.


6James Brown House - 1830s

This property is arguably the oldest and most historical significant in Hamilton County.  Located in Ooltewah, this was the home of Chief James Brown constructed ca. 1830s.  Cornerstones has contributed $3,000 towards its stabilization in partnership with the National Trust for Historic Preservation, National Park Service, Trail of Tears Association, and the World Heritage Conservation Organization.



Levin Brothers Building - 1910

100 East Main Street

Located at the corner of Main Street and Mitchell Streets, this building was last used as a furniture store by the Levin brothers.  Constructed in ca. 1900, it is a contributing structure to the Market and Main Street National Register Historic District.  Working with the property owner, Cornerstones learned in the field how to stabilize a building without a roof and floors – structure steel beams were placed inside and outside the brick walls in order to allow for the roof and floors to be reconstructed.  In 2009, a high wind storm blew the back off the building, reducing its footprint.  Now the building has on-site parking dedicated to its future tenants.  One of our Community Partnership buildings, money used to stabilize the structure – twice.


mayfieldphotoMayfield Annex/ Elk Lodge

7th and Walnut

This property is owned by Hamilton County and formerly was used for county office space.  Within the last several years, all but one office has relocated to the suburbs, leaving this impressive multi-story building underutilized.  Originally built as a fraternal organization’s lodge, it still has great bones and it is understood that many of the original architectural features remain underneath dropped ceilings and carpeted floors.  Just as important is the location of the building , it anchors the courthouse squares west corner.



7th & Walnut

Located immediately adjacent to the MLK Corner building, this too is a contributing structure to the MLK National Register Historic District.  Constructed ca. 1910, this building housed a successful restaurant that served patrons beyond the black community for years.


3MLK Corner Building - 1910

MLK and Douglas

The MLK Corner Building  is one of the most predominate and significant buildings in the Martin Luther King National Register Historic District.  Located on the corner of MLK Boulevard and Douglas Street, it housed successful black businesses as well as a fraternal society meeting venue on the third floor at the turn of the 20thcentury.   



Old North Chattanooga Fire Hall - 1930

Forrest Avenue

The two-story English Tudor building was utilized as a fire station for many years, until a new building was erected down the street. Since that time, it was underutilized and used as a storage space by the city. Several years ago the property was sold to a private developer who has since replaced the roof and done other minor, but necessary repairs.  The property is almost out of danger, but it is for sale.  Until the property is fully occupied and used, it remains a concern.


Ross Hotel - 1888

818 Georgia Avenue

This property is listed on the national Register of Historic Places as a contributing structure to the Patten Parkway Historic District.  This was the hotel that Williams Jennings Bryan spent the night before he died – he was one of the attorneys in with the nationally significant Scopes Monkey Trial in Dayton, Tennessee in the 1920s where evolution was debated.  This property is vacant, but well maintained and closed tight from intruders.  The property is listed for sale.


St. George Hotel - 1917

1349 Market Street

Constructed in 1924 as Chattanooga’s first fire-proof hotel, this property has been abandoned since the 1980s.  It is a contributing structure to the Market and Main Street National Register Historic District and Cornerstones has worked with the last three property owners to try to save and renovate the structure.  In 2009, the back portion of the building was demolished before it completely collapsed. Today, only the front section remains.  Cornerstones, Lyndhurst Foundation and RiverCity Company have a Community Partnership specifically targeting historical and architectural significant properties to save … this is one of those properties.