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Auction 135, Lot 291

"Kimball Marion County Tennessee",

Subject: Tennessee

Period: 1890 (published)


Color: Hand Color

27 x 34 inches
68.6 x 86.4 cm
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This rare plan shows the proposed new town of Kimball, which was never built. The promotional map was by H.I. Kimball, Kimball Town Company, with offices located at 80 Broadway, New York; Richardson Building, Chattanooga, Tenn; and the Company's Building in Kimball Tenn. This ephemeral plan shows the town in great detail with all streets named, lots shown and numbered, the train depot and several green areas located. The line for the North Carolina and St. Louis Railroad bounds the town along its southern edge. The proposed Belt Line rail lines extend to the manufacturing areas south of the city along the Tennessee River. A large inset view of the Angle Court Hotel (Preliminary Study) is at upper right. This elaborate resort was designed by Berg & Clark, Architects, 10 West 23rd Street, NY. The firm designed the Gillender Building (1896-97) in New York City, which was actually constructed. The map is by Nathan F. Barrett, Landscape Engr. from the survey of W.T. & A.S. Kelley, Civil Engineers. The map is on thin paper and printed by the N.Y. Engraving & Printing Co., 320 Pearl St., N.Y.

The town plan was adopted by the Town of Kimball board of directors on June 9, 1890. This map is dated June 10 & 11 with the large blue overprinted announcement "Christening Sale Jun 10 and 11" across the lower portion. All of this marketing activity followed an elaborate ground breaking ceremony on May 24. Additional information on the proposed town may be read here which includes the image of a different edition of this different plan. A rare Tennessee piece of which we find only one past sales record from 1996.

References: Utopian Communities and Planned Towns in Tennessee, pp. 8-9.

Condition: A

The map is clean and bright with no discoloring, foxing or staining. A few fold intersection splits along a lower fold line, still very good for a map of this size. With some lazy folds.

Estimate: $600 - $800

Sold for: $850

Closed on 2/16/2011