One couple is converting a 1910-era apartment building in the M.L. King neighborhood into condos while preserving original details inside the historic structure.
“We specialize in historic renovations, in MLK, Highland Park, Lookout Mountain, Missionary Ridge, all the old hot spots,” said Lindsay Lemmon of Southern Historical Homes.
Mr. Lemmon’s wife, Kim, said the couple moved to Chattanooga six years ago from Atlanta and fell in love with the area’s historic homes. They have renovated a former apartment building at 1115 E. Eighth St. into a four-unit condo building called The Dream Building Condos. The name is a tie-in to the M.L. King neighborhood’s history, she said.
The couple may move into one of the condos, Mrs. Lemmon said, and sell the remaining units. The asking price is $199,900 to $214,900, said Belinda Winslett of Real Estate Partners Chattanooga, the Lemmons’ listing agent. An open house is being held today from 2-4 p.m. The units are about 1,500 square feet each. CNE offers a $10,000 forgivable loan. There’s also a $15,000 forgivable loan from the Lyndhurst Foundation through ArtsMove Chattanooga; the incentives cannot be combined.
Staff Photos by Brett Clark -- Lindsay Lemmon and his wife, Kim, are renovating a 1910-era apartment building on East Eighth Street into condos.
“The architecture, the historic character and detail, and the painstaking restoration are remarkable,” Ms. Winslett said.
The Lemmons live nearby in a 1900-era Victorian-style house on East 10th Street they restored, she said. They plan to list the 4,250-square-foot house and an adjoining lot at the end of February, she said.
“We love the character these old homes have,” Mrs. Lemmon said. “With the Victorians, there’s a grand feeling with lofty ceilings and big windows. The attention to details they had in the houses sometimes escapes new construction.”
CNE sold the Lemmons the Eighth Street building on the condition it be converted to condos and that historical features would be preserved, Mrs. Lemmon said. The building previously had served as a rental property, she said.
A number of historical details have been preserved, Mrs. Lemmon said, including pocket doors, fireplaces with original mantles and bevel mirrors, and crown molding. In each unit, the only addition to the bathrooms was the addition of a stand-alone shower, she said, to accompany the bathrooms’ original clawfoot bathtubs. Each bedroom in the condos has a fireplace, she said.
The couple has renovated about a dozen homes in the Chattanooga area, she said.