B. Lowenstein & Brothers Building (Brinkley Plaza)

Status: Preserved

Address: 27 South Main Street, Memphis

Built: 1924

Architectural Style: 1920s department store architecture, Beaux Arts

Original Function/Purpose: Commerce

The B. Lowenstein & Brothers Building was placed on the National Register on June 16, 1983.

History: Formerly known as Lowenstein’s Department Store, the present structure, designed by Hanker and Cairns, was built in 1924 by the Lowenstein brothers on the site of the old Peabody Hotel. Founded in 1855, the brothers’ business was for decades the largest and most successful of its kind in Memphis. After Lowenstein’s went out of business in the late 1960s, the building was renamed Brinkley Plaza after elaborate renovations by new owner Joseph Larkey.

 

City Council District: 6

Super District: 8

County Commission District: 8

DON NEWMAN