Author Archives: MHI2016

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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E.H. Crump House

Status: Preserved Address: 1962 Peabody Avenue, Memphis Built: 1908 Architectural Style: Greek Revival Original Function/Purpose: Residential History: The E.H. Crump House was designed by George Mahan Jr. and built in 1908 for “Boss” Crump, the powerful single-term mayor who is said to have picked every mayor succeeding him until his death in 1954. The house features Doric columns supporting the Greek ...

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Crisscross Lodge

Status: Preserved Address: 1950 West Poplar Avenue, Collierville Built: 1913 Architectural Style: Hexagonal wood frame Original Function/Purpose: Residential History: Crisscross Lodge was designed and built in 1913 for Laura Davis Elliott by the Memphis architectural firm of Hanker and Cairns, and has remained relatively unchanged since. The house is a wood-frame, two-story structure with poplar beveled weatherboard siding and an asphalt ...

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Court Square Historic District

Status: Preserved Location: Roughly bounded by Riverside Drive and North Second Street, and Madison and Jefferson Avenues, in Memphis Built: 1819; 1860-1928 Architectural Style: Eclectic use of Romanesque, Byzantine and Renaissance elements with Commercial vernacular Original Function/Purpose: Commercial History: Laid out in 1819 as part of the original city plan, Court Square occupies the approximate center of the district and ...

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Cotton Row Historic District

Status: Preserved Location: Front Street between Gayoso and Monroe Avenues, and a short section of Union Avenue, in Memphis Built: 1928-48 Architectural Style: Many Nineteenth Century Commercial vernacular Original Function/Purpose: Commercial History: Most of the buildings of Cotton Row were constructed to meet the needs of buying and selling cotton. The Row was designed to be utilitarian instead of elaborately ...

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Cordova School (Cordova Community Center)

Status: Preserved Address: 1017 North Sanga Road, Cordova (Memphis) Built: 1913, ca. 1955 Architectural Style: Colonial Revival Original Function/Purpose: Education History: Cordova Community Center (also known as Cordova School or Cordova Elementary School) is a former school, Shelby County library, and church. Constructed in 1913 and opened during World War I, it was built by architects Max H. Furbringer and Walk C. Jones, Sr. ...

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Cooper-Young Historic District

Status: Preserved Location: Bounded by East Parkway South and McLean Boulevard on the east and west, and Southern Avenue on the south; and on the north, the L & N (now CSX) Railroad right-of-way and its abandoned spur (that runs east from Barksdale Street to the intersection of East Parkway South and Central Avenue). Built: 1880-1940 Architectural Style: Bungalow / Craftsman, ...

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Columbian Mutual Tower (Lincoln American Tower)

Status: Preserved Address: 60 North Main Street, Memphis Built: 1924 Architectural Style: Commercial Gothic with Renaissance ornamentation Original Function/Purpose: Commerce History: Lloyd T. Binford, president of the Columbia Mutual Insurance Company, solicited architect Isaac Albert Baum of St. Louis to replicate the Woolworth Building in New York, but on a smaller scale. As a result, the Columbian Mutual Tower is one ...

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Collins Chapel C.M.E. Church and Site

Status: Preserved Address: 678 Washington Avenue, Memphis Built: 1913 Architectural Style: Ecclesiastical vernacular Original Function/Purpose: Church History: Collins Chapel stands across the street from Victorian Village District, and represents a continuing congregation from 1859 to the present, making it the oldest black church in the city. (The church now credits its founding to a congregation of slaves and freedmen in 1841, ...

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Collierville Historic District

Status: Preserved Location: Roughly bounded by Walnut Street, Poplar Avenue, North Main Street, and North and South Rowlett Streets, and including Natchez Street, in Collierville Built: ca. 1865-1944 Architectural Style: Various: Greek Revival, Queen Anne, Colonial Revival, Commercial Italianate Original Function/Purpose: Residential History: Collierville Historic District consists of 127 properties of mixed uses including and surrounding its Town Square, which ...

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