Lucknow, Home of John J. Craig
- Title:Lucknow, Home of John J. Craig
- Description:Three story Italianate villa-style house located on a tree-filled hill.
- Historical Note:This house, designed by an unknown architect, was commissioned by John J. Craig, a prominent businessman originally from Alabama, who was engaged in mercantile and banking activities just prior to the Civil War. A Unionist, he moved with his wife, Knoxvillian Mary Lyon, and their infant son to Cincinnati and later to New York while conflict raged in Tennessee. Another well-known Knoxville Unionist, Oliver P. Temple, purchased the house in 1865 and renamed it Melrose. After the war, Craig returned to Knoxville and founded one of Tennessee's largest marble companies. The original name of the house, Lucknow, refers to an 1857 rebellion and siege of British colonials at a fortress in Northern India.
- Institution:Tennessee State Library & Archives
- Publisher:Digital Initiatives, James E. Walker Library, Middle Tennessee State University