Tennessee Traveler: The Howard House

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WVLT) -- One hundred and seven years ago on one end, Knoxville was a relatively poor community, but on the other side there was wealth and opulence, especially at one house on North Broadway.

The year was 1910, and only 14 percent of homes had a bathtub, the U.S. wage was 22 cents an hour, and a guy named Lynn Hayes bought two pieces of land—one for $1,000, the other for $1,500—and built a huge home.

For 60 years, Howard and Howard Plumbing used it as an office—that's where the nickname "Howard House" came into play.

Through the years, much of the house has aged, and a lot of the old woodwork was covered over.

More recently, there was even talk of tearing it down in favor of a Walmart, but that all changed.

Now, it's for sale. With the right buyer who's got an eye for history and loves its grand architecture, the home could be yours. So far the asking price is $575,000.