A 52-Week Photo Journey

… Mary Nell Moore's Photography

Week 23 – #33. Old Timer


Happy New Year!

When I am in Chattanooga, I love riding through the historic district of Fort Wood. There are many homes built in the mid-to-late 1800’s that are being beautifully renovated, such as this “old timer” located at 800 Vine Street and originally built for Joseph H. Warner.

A document from the Historic American Building Survey says: “The house is a ‘high Queen Anne’ structure, with pressed red brick, stone trim, and solid oak paneling and woodwork in the interior. The hallways are large, and a fine attention to detail was paid to the terra-cotta and rusticated stone trim.

“This home was designed by architects Townsend and Stone with one idea in mind: extravagance. But its features also mask the luxurious interior, blending into the surrounding community with ease.

“Construction began on the home in 1890 and was completed in 1891.

“The real question is, then, who was this Joseph H. Warner?

“Born in Sumner County in the year 1842, Warner made his mark early by participating in the Civil War. In 1862, he joined Company A, 19th Tennessee Regiment Confederate Infantry, until he was captured at Missionary Ridge.

“He then spent the rest of the war in a federal prison.

“Upon his return, Warner sought to change the lives of Chattanoogans and launched an extensive hardware business.

“Eventually, that business would grow to include areas such as coal, iron, banking—Warner was one of the original organizers for Third National Bank—and railroad.

“Warner become known as ‘practically the founder and creator of the modern street railway in [Chattanooga],’ according to the HABS document.

“Before his death in 1923, Warner was the first city commissioner of public utilities, grounds and buildings, which is the reason Chattanooga’s Warner Park bears his name to this day.

“According to Maury Nicely in his ‘Chattanooga Walking Tour and History Guide,’ Warner ‘practically laid the first stone in the founding of a playground system in the city.’

“When built, the Joseph H. Warner home cost $26,000.”

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Author: tnwaltz

A true Southerner, I was born in Georgia but lived most of my adult life in Chattanooga, Tennessee. In 2001, my husband and I retired and moved to beautiful Sarasota, FL. We quickly realized that we were not retirement material and could not play golf two or three times a week so we got our real estate licenses and affiliated with Coldwell Banker on Longboat Key. My love for photography is very beneficial to me when photographing interiors and exteriors of the homes we list. Other than photography, I have a keen interest in genealogy and golf (whenever I can find the spare time from our real estate practice).

8 thoughts on “Week 23 – #33. Old Timer

  1. Lovely light for this lovely house. Great image. thank you also for the history surrounding the house. Interesting resding.


  2. Beautiful shot and thanks for sharing all the history of Joseph Werner. Lucky people who now reside in the home.


  3. Lovely home, thank you for the history.


  4. I love those big, old, drafty houses having grown up in one. Nice job capturing the image and history.


  5. Beautiful old house. Nicely composed and presented.


  6. Wow, these homes are very grand. Shame we cannot get a look at the inside. Gary


  7. Gorgeous house – love seeing evening photos of houses with lights on -(blue hour I guess) always looks cosy. The trim on this house is so beautiful – even where the gutters are is ornate.


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