Author Archives: MHI2016

William C. Ellis and Sons Ironworks and Machine Shop

Status: Preserved; renovation is planned Address: 241-245 South Front Street, Memphis Built: 1879-1925 Architectural Style: Industrial vernacular (example of Foundry Complex) Original Function/Purpose: Manufacturing History: The William C. Ellis and Sons Ironworks and Machine Shop was one of the earliest, longest-running businesses in Memphis. The lot on which the foundry was built was purchased by W.C. Ellis in 1878. The original ...

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Elam Homestead

Status: Preserved Address: 1428 Fox Street, Memphis Built: ca. 1854 Architectural Style: Mid-1800s log construction Original Function/Purpose: Residential History: The Elam Homestead is a significant example of log construction techniques in the mid-1800s, as the last surviving nineteenth-century log building in Memphis. The land on which the house was built was part of a land grant of 1791 to John Lynch ...

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East Buntyn Historic District

Status: Preserved Location: Bounded roughly by Central and Southern Avenues and Greer and Ellsworth Streets, in Memphis Built: ca. 1925-1945 Architectural Style: Craftsman, Colonial and Tudor Revival, Minimal Traditional, and Ranch Original Function/Purpose: Residential History: The automobile encouraged the establishment of the Memphis Country Club at Goodwyn Street and Southern Avenue in 1905, leading to the development of substantial residences ...

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Jack Dudney House

Status: Preserved Address: 90 West Poplar Avenue, Collierville Built: 1911-1912 Architectural Style: Colonial Revival Original Function/Purpose: Residential History: The Jack Dudney House is a one-story, five-bay frame variation of the late-Victorian Cottage plan and form with elements of the Colonial Revival style, built ca. 1911-1912 for John Frank (Jack) Dudney, Jr. It is a distinctive example of the residential and commercial ...

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Dixie Greyhound Bus Lines Complex

Status: Preserved Address: 525 North Main Street, Memphis Built: 1937 Architectural Style: Moderne-style façade Original Function/Purpose: Transportation History: Business magnate Frederick Smith Sr., father of Federal Express founder Fred Smith, established a Memphis-based national office for the Dixie Greyhound and Toddle House corporate offices. The Dixie Greyhound Bus Lines Complex was the centerpiece of two highly successful business ventures by Smith. ...

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Dermon Building

Status: Preserved Address: 46 North Third Street, Memphis Built: 1925 Architectural Style: Renaissance Original Function/Purpose: Commerce History: Built in 1925, the Dermon Building was designed by prominent Memphis architects Charles O. Pfeil and George Awsumb for the Dave Dermon Company and Dave Dermon Insurance. The ten-story dark brown brick building with Renaissance details in yellow, green and white terra cotta exhibits ...

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Delmar-Lema Historic District

Status: Preserved Location: Delmar Avenue and Lema Place, Memphis Built: 1895-1915 Architectural Style: Shotguns, double shotguns and L-plan double shotguns History: During a population boom in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, the houses built in the Delmar-Lema Historic District embodied the urbanization of cities in the post-antebellum South. Here, African-American and white workers lived side by side. The ...

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Charles Davis House (Porter House)

Status: Preserved Address: 1291 Winchester Road, Collierville Built: ca. 1841, ca. 1867 Architectural Style: Vernacular Greek Revival-influenced I-House with sheds Original Function/Purpose: Residential History: The Charles Davis House or Porter House dates from about 1841, with additions in ca. 1867, 1959 and 1986. The land was sold by a Chickasaw woman named Shi Mi O Kay in 1836, and in 1841 ...

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Davies Manor

Status: Preserved Address: 9336 Davies Plantation Road, Bartlett Built: 1821 Architectural Style: Pre-Railroad folk house, a form of American vernacular Original Function/Purpose: Residential History: Davies Manor is considered to be the oldest house in Shelby County. Named for Zachariah Davies, a soldier in the Revolutionary War, it was rumored that the west portion of the house was built ca. 1807 by ...

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Rowland J. Darnell House (Nineteenth Century Club)

Status: Preserved Address: 1433 Union Avenue, Memphis Built: 1909 Architectural Style: Colonial Revival, Beaux Arts Original Function/Purpose: Residential History: Built by lumberman Rowland J. Darnell, the house later served as headquarters for the Nineteenth Century Club, a highly successful and philanthropic women’s organization that was responsible for many civic reforms in the city. The club also served to attract higher education ...

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