NASHVILLE – The Tennessee Historical Commission (THC), the state agency that is designated as the State Historic Preservation Office (SHPO), announced the recent addition of the Webb Hotel in Rock Island as one of Tennessee’s nine new properties on the National Register of Historic Places.
“Tennessee has a tremendous inheritance of important historic places that are highlighted by the diversity of the recent National Register listings.” said State Historic Preservation Officer and Executive Director Patrick McIntyre.
Webb Hotel (Rock Island – Warren County)
Crab Orchard stone and cedar shingles distinguish two-story Craftsman style Webb Hotel. Built in 1909, other architectural features of building are the wide eaves, large front porch with Crab Orchard columns and an abundance of large windows. The Webb family moved their hotel enterprise to Rock Island, shortly before there was a boom in tourism due to the construction of the Great Falls dam, and resulting lake, in 1915. Conveniently located close to the railroad station, the hotel was a prime location for vacationers getting off the train. In addition to offering rooms, the Webb family served meals to guests. The hotel was sold out of the Webb family in the 1930s and continued to operate as a boarding house and hotel until the mid-20th century.
The other sites recently added to the National Register of Historic Places are:
- Mound Bottom (Mound Bottom State Archaeological Area – Cheatham County
- Sitka School (Milan vicinity – Gibson County)
- Crescent School (Greeneville – Greene County)
- Stanton School (Stanton – Haywood County)
- Ripley Fire Lookout Tower (Ripley – Lauderdale County)
- Englewood Water Tower (Englewood – McMinn County)
- Gladys “MaDear” Bennett House (Memphis – Shelby County)
- Hincheyville Historic District (Franklin – Williamson County)
The National Register of Historic Places is the nation’s official list of cultural resources worthy of preservation. It is part of a nationwide program that coordinates and supports efforts to identify, evaluate and protect historic resources. The SHPO administers the program in Tennessee.