1910 Classical Revival – Knoxville, TN

Added to OHD on 6/29/17   -   Last OHD Update: 4/12/20   -   23 Comments
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809 Dry Gap Pike, Knoxville, TN 37918

  • $499,000
  • 4 Bed
  • 3.5 Bath
  • 4984 Sq Ft
  • 5.23 Ac.
Your chance has arrived, an opportunity to own one of East TN most unique properties. The Strechi Mansion is listed on the National and State historic Registers. Needs some TLC, but a GEM sitting on over 5 acres. In 2012-13 the original clay tile roof was removed & inspected, all damaged tile was replaced with matching tile & underlay-ed w/ an water/ice dam. The spring was the main source of potable water for over 90 years. A 1'' pipe from the spring is laid underground to all of the beds and the vegetable garden. Could easily be connected to the main house. Beautiful hardwood floors, cherry wood trim, 6 fireplaces w/ beautiful finishings through-out. Original 1910 bath tub & commode in main bath. 3rd Floor was recently finished as fun space. Lots of space in this home for all to enjoy.
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Teri Jo Fox, Crye-Leike Realtors
(865) 693-7341
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23 Comments on 1910 Classical Revival – Knoxville, TN

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  1. CharlestonJohn says: 1093 comments

    Those enormous Ionic columns make this Classical Revival seem even more massive than it is. This is what comes to mind to many Southerners when you say the word “mansion.” I’m also hoping for more interior as it looks like at least a good portion of the wood escaped the paintbrush.

  2. JimHJimH says: 5265 comments
    OHD Supporter

    Houses can be bigger but not much more impressive.

    The agent is the owner who spent 10 years recently restoring this place to “its original state”. I sent a note asking for more photos, or to send them to Kelly.
    He wrote about the restoration a few years ago:

  3. Victoria Webb says: 131 comments

    Sure would like to see more of the interior! I found a little more history about the mansion and the brothers Sterchi, historical photos of the house and local restoration notes:

    James Sterchi and his brothers, J.C. and E. H. Sterchi, were sons of a Swiss immigrant who originally settled in the Wartburg, Tn. area among many other Swiss families. The Sterchis moved to north Knox County and established a farm. James and his brothers founded Sterchi Brothers Furniture in 1888 and by 1896 were publishing a catalog.

    After a fire in 1897 destroyed their business, they relocated and built a new warehouse in the 100 block of Gay Street. Their fame grew as retailers and, by the 1920s the Sterchi brothers had 18 stores in the southeast. James bought out his brothers and, by the end of that decade, Sterchi’s was the largest furniture store chain in the world, it is said, with 48 stores, manufacturing plants, and even a lumber operation in Kentucky.

    James Sterchi expanded his farm to more than 1,400 acres, started a large dairy farm, and built his Sterchi Mansion in 1910. The home, now owned by Buddy and Linda Malin, has 5,800 square feet of living space and is on the National Register of Historic Places. The Sterchi family called the home “Stratford Hall” but, today, it’s the Sterchi Mansion to most local people.

    The home is a land mark at 809 Dry Gap Pike and much of the farm land is now a large subdivision of homes.



  4. John Shiflet says: 5435 comments

    Wondering to myself if this might have been one of George F. Barber’s final planbook designs? (the last plan book came out in 1908, I believe) By 1910, I would think his son, Charles (?) Barber, might have taken over the architectural practice although George lived until 1915. The younger Barber was a formally trained architect and was certainly well versed in the Beaux Arts/Classical Revival forms and styles. As others have noted, to many Southerners this kind of house is what comes to mind under the term mansion. The Georgian Revival mantelpiece is stellar.

    • says: 71 comments

      It’s not a Barber. This is from a note left by the author, in the comments section of the first linked article:

      “Stratford Hall was design by an architectural firm named R. F. Graf & Sons. I am not sure but I think they were located in NYC. George F. Barber was an Architect here in Knoxville and I, too first thought it was designed by him but later found proof positive it was Graff.”

      • CharlestonJohn says: 1093 comments

        Graf was a Knoxville architect that worked for Barber from 1894 until around 1907. This home was drawn after he left Barber’s company, but this design was likely influenced by Barber.


        • John Shiflet says: 5435 comments

          Thanks Nick and John for the architect information. Classical Revival was a more rigid style than the previous “anything goes” Queen Annes. Its fairly common for a Barber designed Queen Anne to be an exact match with one of his published designs but when it comes to Colonial Revival-Classical Revival style homes, sometimes the similarities to the designs of other architects (as in this case) makes it challenging to make a Barber identification. (at least without identifying the exact design from the pages of a plan book) The fact that Mr. Graf had worked for Barber makes it even more difficult to differentiate his design ideas from those of Barber.

    • CoraCora says: 2060 comments
      OHD Supporter & Moderator

      Clinton, TN

      This home (in link below), known as the Dempster-Francis House, is also in Knoxville and in very close proximity to the Sterchi house, in an area called Fountain City. It seems similar in design. It was for sale for several years, finally sold a few years back. I used to drive by this house every day on my way to work. It is stunning, but right on a main thoroughfare through Knoxville (that wouldn’t have mattered to me but may have been the reason it didn’t sell quickly). When I saw this listing for the Sterchi Mansion on OHD, I thought the two homes must have been designed by the same person, but apparently they were not:


  5. Tan says: 9 comments

    I’m curious as to why this house is on the Knox Heritage Fragile 15. This is a list that comes out every May listing the most endangered historic properties in the area.


  6. Tan says: 9 comments

    Here’s what it says on the Knox Heritage website:
    “The stately mansion is a community landmark and many have been dismayed to see it empty and deteriorating. A lengthy foreclosure battle between the current owners and their mortgage holder has left the property in limbo and its future uncertain. It is currently listed for sale and its fate apparently rests in the hands of new owners. Knox Heritage will assist in marketing the property to new owners dedicated to its preservation.”

  7. Gigi09 says: 1 comments

    Thank you so much for the information. That home has 18 years of memories for me.

  8. Eric says: 1 comments

    I went to this house last week. It’s going to need some work. The yard is also badly overgrown. I can’t believe someone would let it go as bad as they have.

  9. Kelly, OHDKelly, OHD says: 12146 comments

    1901 Folk Victorian
    Chestatee, GA

    Posted 2016. Back on the market, moved to front page so some comments above are from 2016. I deleted comments that referred to the previous listing not having but 2 or 3 interior photos, didn’t want to confuse people! 🙂

  10. Travis Wright says: 12 comments

    The house is for sale, again. For $535K – according to the Knox County records a company bought it last month for $135K – I do not think that is accurate, but if it is, I could vomit. Had this property gone to auction it would have been known about and the house would have sold for a lot more. Unless the company paid off what was remaining on the mortgage directly to the lender (last sale states $280K), but even a bank would have listed this property for more than that. Also, the foreclosure states that there was a $574,938 unpaid balance on the property. Maybe the previous owner took out a huge loan to rehab the property? I don’t know. (admin edit: please read comment policy) This is going to be a hard house to sell. Most people who buy homes at this price point would prefer to live in West Knoxville where there is more upscale shopping and more prominent neighborhoods. However, I could be surprised.


  11. Cathy F. says: 2263 comments

    Love that green fireplace!

  12. says: 38 comments

    Yes, just yes. This is beautiful!

  13. SadieSadie says: 47 comments
    OHD Supporter

    Absolutely beautiful. Just a few coats of fresh paint and it looks like it’s ready to move in. Nice to see old homes that have been cared for!!

  14. Sharon says: 394 comments

    The green tile fireplaces are classic Arts and Crafts — and truly spectacular.

  15. PhillipPhillip says: 271 comments
    1910 Tudor/craftsman mix

    Were I moving to knoxville I would buy this in a heartbeat. What an incredible property. It is so nice to see a classical revival still having its stained wood trim. People typically ruin these with white paint.

  16. Kelly, OHDKelly, OHD says: 12146 comments

    1901 Folk Victorian
    Chestatee, GA

    Dropped to $499,000!

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