The Tree Streets Historic Conservation District (the "District") is part of the larger South Side neighborhood which comprises one of the largest cohesive collections of early twentieth-century houses in Northeast Tennessee. The District includes approximately 225 primarily residential structures built between 1900 and 1940. South Side Elementary School is a non-residential structure within the District. In 1996, a portion of the South Side neighborhood was classified as a National Historic District on the National Register of Historic Places.

The Tree Streets Historic District is generally defined by University Parkway, South Roan Street, and Lynn Street. The Conservation District is basically bounded by Lynn Street, University Parkway, property lines south of Cedar Place, Locust Street, Devine Street, Sevier Street, Lynn Street, and Earnest Street.

The contributing buildings represent the architectural styles popular in the first three decades of this century and are in mainly good to excellent condition. Bungalows and Four-Squares of brick and wood are predominate, but there is sufficient diversity of design, materials and ornamentation with these two styles to create considerable variety. Also represented in the District are outstanding examples of Colonial Revival, Queen Anne, L-Plan, and Tudor Revival houses.

As different streets were developed, certain styles would be in vogue or preferred by individual builders, giving each street its own character. Hybrid styles are common. Brick, stone, wood, tile, shingles, and stucco, were freely combined with one another.

Through careful maintenance of the buildings, the historical and architectural integrity of the District has been retained, with streetscapes remarkably still as they were 50 to 75 years ago. Deep and uniform setbacks on tree lined streets contribute to a natural cohesive quality, and small lots with mature trees and shrubs give the area an impressive green and shady character. Hence it was appropriate that the District adopted a name suggestive of its park-like quality, and for the name of the streets - the Tree Streets Neighborhood. The architectural and landscape design qualities made the area a successful early-twentieth-century development and can account for the stability and popularity of the District through the years. Careful conservation of these features is necessary to ensure the future success and stability of the District.

There is no one style that can be called the “Tree Streets House”, this gives you, the builder, architect, homeowner, greater flexibility in designing a compatible new house or renovating an existing house that will compliment its neighbors.



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