Capt. Harris House (Captain Harris House)

Status: Preserved

Address: 2106 Young Avenue, Memphis

Built: 1898

Architectural Style: Frame Queen Anne

Original Function/Purpose: Residential

The Captain Harris House was placed on the National Register on Dec. 19, 1979.

History: The Captain Harris House is a rare example of the Queen Anne style executed in frame. It is also significant for its ties to William Faulkner and American literature. The house was built in 1898 by real estate developer Frank Trimble, but was purchased in 1900 by Captain C.L. Harris. Harris was one of three owners of a railroad line, along with “Colonel” William C. Falkner (as he spelled it) and R.J. Thurmond (Harris’s son-in-law). A falling-out among the partners led to Thurmond’s shooting and killing Falkner in Ripley, Mississippi. Thurmond was acquitted, but the event featured in the writings of Falkner’s great-grandson William Faulkner. The house faced west but was turned to face Young Avenue in 1925. Four generations of the Harris family lived in the house. The house is still a residence, now also featuring an Airbnb apartment.

City Council District: 4

Super District: 8

County Commission District: 10

DON NEWMAN