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Introducing…. Adapt-A-Door & More!

After a Decade of Doors, we’re switching things up. Memphis Heritage’s annual Adapt-A-Door Fundraiser brings large crowds to Howard Hall for the exciting silent auction of artwork and furniture created by local artists, architects, woodworkers and preservation enthusiasts using salvaged doors and windows. Creative works combined with pub grub, drinks and live music lead to an annual auction event like ...

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Leroy Pope Elementary School (Grant-Pope Elementary School; Grant School)

Status: Demolished; delisted Nov. 9, 2007 Address: 190 Chelsea Avenue, Memphis Built: ca. 1908; additions in 1921, 1930 and 1961 Architectural Style: Beaux Arts History: The building was designed by B.C. Alsup (photo above taken 1910-11). It was known as Leroy Pope Elementary (at 190 Chelsea Avenue, for white students) until 1960 when the school board switched its name with ...

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Maury Elementary School

Status: Demolished in 1997; delisted Nov. 9, 2007 Address: 272 North Bellevue Boulevard, Memphis Built: 1908 Architectural Style: Beaux Arts History: Maury Elementary School, built in 1908, was considered an architectural twin of Bruce School, both designed in the Beaux Arts style by architect B.C. Alsup (photo above taken 1913-14). The school was vacant most of the time after 1973. ...

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Lauderdale-Walker Elementary School (Lauderdale School)

Status: Demolished in 1983; delisted Nov. 9, 2007 Address: 995 South Lauderdale Street, Memphis Built: 1902; additions in 1908, 1920-21, 1925 and 1957 Architectural Style: Early Twentieth-century Eclectic (Beaux Arts and Colonial Revival, etc.) History: “Along with [other] public schools [built] in Memphis between 1902 and 1915, the building reflects the tremendous population growth in Memphis during this period and ...

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A.B. Hill Elementary School

Status: Demolished in 2000; delisted Nov. 9, 2007 Address: 1372 Latham Street, Memphis Built: 1909; additions in 1922-23, 1930, 1963 and 1970 Architectural Style: Jacobean Revival History: The school, designed by Jones and Furbringer, was an excellent local example of the Jacobean Revival style (photo above taken 1910-11). In October 1926 a reporter wrote that this school was the most ...

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Guthrie Elementary School

Status: Demolished; delisted Nov. 9, 2007 Address: 951 Chelsea Avenue, Memphis Built: 1915; additions in 1921, 1939, 1967 and 1971 Architectural Style: Beaux Arts History: This school was one of eight public schools designed by Jones and Furbringer between 1902 and 1915 (photo above taken 1914-15). Sixteen years later a reporter found it to be one of “the best all-around ...

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Douglass High School

Status: Demolished in 2006; delisted Nov. 9, 2007 Address: 3200 Mount Olive Road, Memphis Built: 1936; additions in 1949 and 1952 Architectural Style: Art Deco History: The earliest school at this location in the historically black community of Douglass was built with the aid of the Julius Rosenwald Fund in the nineteen-teens or -twenties. After fire damaged the old buildings ...

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Wells-Arrington Historic District

Status: Many dwellings demolished; delisted July 22, 2014 Address: 563-610 Arrington Avenue and 556-601 Wells Avenue, Memphis Built: ca. 1910-c. 1930 Architectural Style: Shotguns and double shotguns History: This was an early twentieth-century working class neighborhood, and the historic district was composed of 41 shotgun houses or double shotguns constructed on narrow lots, usually 25 feet wide or less. Included ...

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Veterans Administration Hospital Complex, No. 88 – Memphis

Status: Demolished; delisted Nov. 9, 2007 Address: 1025 E.H. Crump Boulevard East, Memphis Built: 1921 with later additions Architectural Style: Beaux Arts History: A large home on Lamar Ave. (now E.H. Crump Blvd.) was purchased in 1914 by First Methodist Church to “be adapted to Hospital purposes.” Five years later the cornerstone was laid for a much larger building, “for ...

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Vance-Pontotoc Historic District

Status: Many homes demolished; delisted Mar. 18, 1987 Location: Roughly, along Vance and Pontotoc Avenues between Danny Thomas Boulevard and disused Frisco railroad tracks west of Walnut Street, in Memphis Built: ca. 1850s – early twentieth century Architectural Style: Various History: Development of the Vance-Pontotoc area began in the early 1840s as the independent (and upper-income) town of South Memphis. ...

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