Historic Properties

Lowenstein House

Status: Preserved Address: 756 Jefferson Avenue, Memphis Built: 1890-1891 Architectural Style: Italianate and Romanesque Revival blend Original Function/Purpose: Residential History: Elias Lowenstein came to Memphis in 1869 to join his brothers in the dry-goods business. The brothers had earlier opened what would become one of the city’s leading department stores. Elias took control of the business after finding his brother dead, ...

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George Collins Love House

Status: Preserved Address: 619 North Seventh Street, Memphis Built: 1889 Architectural Style: Victorian Original Function/Purpose: Residential History: Located in the oldest subdivision in Memphis, the Greenlaw Subdivision, the George Collins Love House was built by George C. Love as a country retreat and summer cottage on the road to Raleigh. Love moved to Memphis from Indiana in 1862 and became a ...

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Lenox School

Status: Preserved Address: 519 South Edgewood Avenue, Memphis Built: 1909 Architectural Style: Beaux-Arts Classical Revival Original Function/Purpose: Education History: Lenox School was designed by John Gaisford, designer of many private residences in Memphis as well as many churches in the region. When the school was built, Lenox was an incorporated town bounded by the area from Madison and Barksdale to Central ...

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LeMoyne Gardens Public Housing Project

Status: Demolished in 1997 and will eventually be delisted Location: Bounded by Walker and Provine Avenues, and Porter and Neptune Streets, in Memphis Built: 1941 and 1943 Architectural Style: Multi-family Colonial Revival and Minimal Traditional Original Function/Purpose: Residential History: This South Memphis public housing project near LeMoyne-Owen College opened the first 60 of its structures in October 1941, followed in 1943 ...

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Lt. George W. Lee House

Status: Preserved Address: 563 Stephens Place, Memphis Built: 1911 Architectural Style: Bungalow influence Original Function/Purpose: Residential History: Lee was known on the streets of early twentieth century Memphis as “Lieutenant Lee,” both for his army service as a lieutenant in World War I and as the lieutenant for the powerful African-American capitalist and Republican Party leader Robert Church, Sr. In Memphis ...

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James Lee House

Status: Preserved Address: 239 Adams Avenue, Memphis Built: 1869-70 Architectural Style: Italianate Original Function/Purpose: Residential History: The James Lee House (sometimes called the First James Lee House and not to be confused with the (second) Lee House of 690 Adams) was designed for James Lee, Jr. by architect Joseph Willis, who came to Memphis from Philadelphia. It is said to be ...

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Lee and Fontaine Houses of the James Lee Memorial

Status: Preserved Address: 680 and 690 Adams Avenue, Memphis Built: 1843, 1853, 1870-1873 Architectural Style: French-Victorian Original Function/Purpose: Residential History: The approximately 20-room Fontaine House at 680 Adams Avenue (upper photo), also known as Woodruff-Fontaine, was built in the early 1870s by Amos Woodruff, designed by Edward Jones and Mathias Baldwin in French-Victorian style. Woodruff exchanged residences with Noland Fontaine in ...

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Lauderdale Courts Public Housing Project (Uptown Square)

Status: Preserved Location: North B.B. King Boulevard (Third Street) to the west, Winchester and Alabama Avenues to the north, Exchange Avenue to the south, and Danny Thomas Boulevard and Alabama Avenue to the east, in Memphis Built: 1936 Architectural Style: Colonial Revival Original Function/Purpose: Residential History: In 1935, Memphis became the second city in the nation to establish a Federal Housing ...

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The Knickerbocker Apartments

Status: Preserved Address: 23-25 South McLean Boulevard, Memphis Built: ca. 1927 Architectural Style: Standard Courtyard form of Craftsman design with Classical elements Original Function/Purpose: Residential History: The Knickerbocker Apartments is a multi-family housing structure in Midtown Memphis; the courtyard is a landscaped public space for the residents. There are four studio apartments, eight patio apartments (one bedroom) and four garden apartments ...

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Idlewild Presbyterian Church

Status: Preserved Address: 1750 Union Avenue, Memphis Built: 1925-1928 Architectural Style: Gothic Revival Original Function/Purpose: Church History: Idlewild Presbyterian Church, together with an adjoining education wing, was designed by George Awsumb. The first worship service took place in the unfinished building on Nov. 1, 1926. The intricate stonework, woodwork and stained glass were executed by highly skilled craftsmen and contain various ...

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