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Downtown Home Tour

08 June 2024

The Downtown Home Tour offers a unique opportunity to see what urban living has to offer and go inside private residences that showcase the variety of homes that exist in downtown Knoxville.

$100 VIP Tickets

Admission to all homes on the tour on Saturday, June 8, 2024, plus admission to two VIP Access Only homes: the beautifully decorated home of Jim and Kim Hays in The Burwell Building (602 S. Gay Street) and the stunningly renovated home of Rick Kennedy and Jim Harness in The Holston (531 S. Gay Street) between 10 am-12 pm. You are also invited to a private VIP Sponsor Party in the lobby of The Arcade Building (618 S. Gay Street) from 5:30-7:30 pm on Thursday, June 6, 2024. Limited number available and must be purchased by June 1.

$25 Tour Tickets

Admission to all homes on the tour on June 8 except the home designated as VIP Access Only. Must be purchased by June 6.

$35 Day of Tour Tickets

On the day of the tour, tickets may be purchased for $35 at the East Tennessee History Center 9:30 am-3:30 pm.

Navigating the Tour

  • Homes on the tour are designated with the letters A-I. There are two homes with VIP Access Only. Homes may be toured in any order.
  • You may walk the tour route or catch the free shuttle which will circle the tour route 10 am-5 pm.
  • Addresses will be included in the tour booklet, and there will be a map on the back cover. The letters A-I and VIP indicate home locations. The letter S marks locations where the free shuttles will stop to pick up guests along the route.
  • Home entrances are marked with signs. There will be a volunteer greeter at every location and tour guides inside every home.
  • When stairs are required to access the home, that information will be included in the description in the tour booklet.
  • If protective booties are required, that information will be included in the booklet and the host will provide the booties.


  • Tour guests must be 12 years of age or older.
  • Dogs are not permitted in homes on the tour.
  • Food and beverages cannot be consumed in homes on the tour.
  • Guests will not be able to use bathrooms in homes on the tour. Tour guests may use restrooms at the East Tennessee History Center (601 S. Gay Street).

Access to Homes

  • Guests with blue wristbands have access to every home on the tour except the home designated VIP Access Only.
  • Guests with gold wristbands have access to all homes including the VIP Access Only homes in the Burwell Building and The Holston.

Volunteers Needed

Volunteers are needed to assist with tasks such as guest check-in (at the East Tennessee History Center), greeting and directing guests at each building, and monitoring guests within each home on the tour. Volunteer location will vary throughout downtown Knoxville depending on your post. Snacks and beverages will be available at the East Tennessee History Center throughout the day.  Volunteers can also participate in the Downtown Home Tour while not on your shift.    Sign-up to volunteer

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June 8
10:00 am - 5:00 pm


East Tennessee History Center
601 S Gay St
Knoxville, TN 37902 United States
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(865) 215-8830