Address: 1397 Central Avenue, Memphis
Architectural Style: Victorian
Original Function/Purpose: Residential
History: Robert Brinkley Snowden, a prominent Memphis real estate developer, designed this midtown mansion in 1896. Snowden lived in the home until his death in 1942; the property was sold after the death of his wife in 1957. The mansion’s name derives from the term ashlar used to describe a squared, hewn stone. The house passed through the hands of a series of owners including perennial Memphis mayoral candidate Prince Mongo of Zambodia (Robert Hodges). There is currently an active case in Environmental Court on this property, which is vacant and in a sad state of decay.
City Council District: 6
Super District: 8
County Commission District: 8