Gay Street Commercial Historic District.
Gay Street (Knoxville)
In the months leading up to the Civil War, prominent pro-Union and pro-Secession supporters spoke at Gay Street venues such as the Lamar House Hotel,  while the Knoxville Whig and Knoxville Registerwhich were arguably the mouthpieces for East Tennessee Unionism and secessionism, respectively, were both headquartered on Gay Street. Three years later, Gay Street was macadamized and paved with cobblestones. The Society,pp. The Gay Street Commercial Historic District, added to the National Register inoriginally consisting of 35 buildings constructed circa — along Gay Street and adjacent side streets. Knoxville's first major performance venue, Staub's Theatrewas built on Gay Street's block inand in its early years showcased acts ranging from Payson's English Opera Troupe to vaudeville acts and wrestling matches.
Coordinates on Wikidata Commons category link is on Wikidata. University of Tennessee Press,pp. In AprilUnion and Confederate supporters held simultaneous recruiting rallies at opposite ends of Gay Street. Gay Street, looking south from Wall Avenue. Tennessee Bar JournalMarch Writers Club Press, In the opening chapter of his Pulitzer Prize -winning novel, A Death in the Familyauthor James Agee recounts taking a trip with his father into downtown Knoxville in to see a movie at Gay Street's Majestic Theater.