Historic Neighborhoods

Evergreen Historic District

Status: Preserved Location: Bounded on the west by North Watkins Street, on the north by North Parkway between Watkins and North McLean Boulevard, on the east by McLean and Kenilworth Place, and on the south by Poplar Avenue between Kenilworth and Watkins; and including an adjacent area south of Poplar bounded by North Avalon Street on the east, Court Avenue ...

Read More »

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 ...

Read More »

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 ...

Read More »

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 ...

Read More »

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 ...

Read More »

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, ...

Read More »

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 ...

Read More »

Central Gardens Historic District

Status: Preserved Location: Roughly bounded by Union, Central and York Avenues, and Cleveland and Rembert Streets, in Memphis Built: 1900-1930 Architectural Style: Various: Four Square, Bungalow, Queen Anne, Greek Revival, Colonial Revival Original Function/Purpose: Residential History: In the early twentieth century some of the city’s most prominent architects came together to create Memphis’s longest enduring neighborhood. The concept was developed ...

Read More »

Beale Street Historic District

Status: Preserved Location: Beale Street between Second and Fourth Streets, Memphis Built: 1870-1920 Architectural Style: Various Original Function/Purpose: Commercial History: In the early 1900s, Beale Street was the thoroughfare that divided South Memphis from Memphis. A diverse mix of black-owned businesses developed, and by the 1920s Beale Street had reached a level of high prominence. Beale Street flourished musically and ...

Read More »

Arlington Historic District

Status: Preserved Location: Properties on Brown, Campbell, Chester, Greenlee, Quintard, and Walker Streets, in Arlington Built: 1880-1920 Architectural Style: Various: Turn-of-the-Century Vernacular, Gothic Revival, Queen Anne, Craftsman, and Bungalow Original Function/Purpose: Residential History: Arlington still clearly resembles a small early twentieth century rural community, with its collection of relatively unchanged commercial and residential buildings dating from more than 100 years ...

Read More »