The rebirth of one of Knoxville’s most historic and beloved hotels is currently underway and we need your help! Will you share your memories with us? We’re looking for personal stories, information about famous people who stayed here and any other interesting anecdotes you’d like to share. We’ll compile everything we gather together and use it to help tell the story of it’s rebirth. Just click any of the links above and share your memories with us!
The Farragut Hotel was designed by New York architect William Lee Stoddart in 1917, and named after the Knoxville-born U.S. Navy Admiral David Glasgow Farragut. This grand and legendary hotel once played host to presidents, sports stars, and entertainment legends. We already know about some of the amazing historic events that happened here, but we need YOUR help to tell the rest of the story. College football’s Southeastern Conference was born here in 1932 and the Knoxville Symphony Orchestra first assembled in the hotel in 1925. Baseball stars Babe Ruth and Lou Gehrig stayed at the hotel, as did Israeli Prime Minister David Ben Gurion, South Vietnam president Ngo Dinh Diem, and television host Merv Griffin.