Proposed in 1923, Westmoreland Heights was located outside the city limits, just past the final stop on Knoxville's streetcar line on Lyons View Pike. As with many real estate developments of the era, the area had previously been used primarily as farmland. Homes were built on many of the proposed 150+ lots during the 1920s and 30s, with a wide range of architectural styles. The neighborhood is famous for the stone water wheel at its front entrance. Though designed by renowned local architect Charles Barber to be aesthetically appealing, the water wheel did serve as the source of water for the original residents. Still functional today, the wheel is one of Knoxville's best known landmarks.
The original Westmoreland area grew significantly in the 1980s and 90s, with the addition of several new developments: Westmoreland Hills, Westmoreland Estates, and Sherwood Oaks. In 2020, almost a century after the first lots were sold in the neighborhood, The Gables at Westmoreland broke ground, expanding the neighborhood even further. Today Westmoreland is known for its beautiful views, numerous dogwood trees, and generally peaceful setting.
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