Former Lawson McGhee Public Library Turned Home for Sale in Knoxville, TN

by Jamey MortonNovember 2, 2017

Step Into This Luxury Library Turned Private Residence

For bookworms and history buffs alike, the property now for sale at 128 S Gay Street in Knoxville, Tennessee is truly a little piece of heaven. Originally built in 1885 as the Lawson McGhee library, it was bought by Fiorenzo E. Rebori in 1915, according to the Knox Heritage site. Rebori was an Italian immigrant who had sold fruit and confections on the sidewalk outside of the library for years.

When Rebori died in 1946, the building was maintained by his descendants until it was purchased by Jim and Glenda Jo Mason in 1999. Under the Mason’s ownership, the building, now referred to as the Rebori Building, underwent a massive renovation and it now stands as a single residence with retail space on the bottom floor.
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A Residence Rich With History

World-renowned Hickory Construction Inc helped to oversee the transformation from library to luxury home in a way that retained the original integrity and charm of the space while adding in the comfort and extravagance of modern luxury.

The home is approximately 20,000 square feet of gorgeous hardwood heart-of-pine floors, nearly 100 windows, and antique charm mingling with modern elegance. With million dollar views of the city of Knoxville, it’s no wonder that this gem of a property is going for almost $3.5 million.
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Vintage Charm With Modern Ease

The home boasts an industrial-style kitchen with two refrigerators and practically every other appliance you could possibly dream of. The space has infinite potential for interior design as it has an open floor plan and loads of natural light. Buyers should prepare themselves for complete and utter luxury, with multiple-head showers, a full-size wood sauna, and a covered deck with European tile floor that overlooks the bustling city.

Lavish light fixtures, Bevolo gas lanterns, oversized copper gutters, and intricate moulding and brick work only add to the comfortable charm of the space. Don’t forget about the exposed brick wine cellar and large four car garage that set this property even further above other properties in the area!
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Sit Back and Relax in This Historical Home With Plenty of Amenities

Residents can throw a party and trust their guests will be able to jam out to music wherever they are in this enormous home, as there is a complete sound system installed throughout. There is also ultimate camera security, and new industrial electrical and plumbing so that you can save on your utilities.

And when the day is done, you can relax by the fountain, in front of one of the two new fireplaces with oversized mantles, or in the brand new whirlpool tub that overlooks one-of-a-kind downtown views.
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This One of a Kind Gem Could Be Yours

With all of the conveniences of a modern luxury home in the heart of downtown Knoxville, this charming historical home could be yours for just under $3.5 million. The space is ideal for entertaining friends and family, hosting photoshoots and other events, and kicking back to relax at the end of a long day’s work.

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About The Author
Jamey Morton
Jamey has been a writer since he discovered science fiction and fantasy in the fourth grade. His early love for all things strange and mysterious has translated into a passion for writing about haunted mansions and other intriguing topics related to real estate and homeownership. Jamey loves nothing more than finding a medieval castle in the middle of New Jersey or a chalet on the coast of Florida. When not researching otherworldly real estate, Jamey can be found writing his series of outer space horror novels in his home in Seattle.