The Historic John Sevier Hotel
Johnson City Tennessee Historic Hotels
141 East Market Street
Johnson City, TN 37604
Office: (423) 926-3161
|The John Sevier Hotel, also known as the John Sevier Center in downtown is named for Tennessee's first governor and was promoted as the finest hotel between Roanoke and Chattanooga. The John Sevier opened on August the 5th, 1924. The hotel was planned in three stages, with a second section completed in 1929. The third section was not built due to financial hardships brought on by the Great Depression.
Dubbed Johnson City's "Million Dollar Hotel" and managed by the William Foor Hotel Group, the John Sevier Hotel was a prominent landmark during the Roaring '20s, at which time the city became known as "Little Chicago." The hotel was located near the Southern Railway Station. Its famous guests included Eleanor Roosevelt and President Herbert Hoover. A host of entertainers such as actors Gabby Hayes and Tyrone Power stayed at the John Sevier during its heyday.
The John Sevier Hotel ceased operations in late 1975, and the building was adapted during 1977 and 1978 to provide apartments for senior citizens. It reopened as the John Sevier Center in 1978. The building survived a tragic Christmas Eve fire in 1989 in which sixteen persons died of smoke inhalation. Today it is being revised and a new center for the current tenants is being planned. We hope to see it return to its glory with plans for mixed retail and possibly condos.
The John Seiver Hotel is very haunted and has been a featured and very popular stop and point of interest on Appalachian GhostWalks "Johnson City Little Chicago GhostWalk" since June of 2007.
The Haunted Johnson City Ghost and History Tour is presented daily and/or nightly, year-round. Reservations are required so call (423) 743-WALK (9255) for reservations by telephone, or RESERVE NOW ONLINE. You'll have a simply SPOOK-tacular good time!!!
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