Historic Properties

Wildwood Farms (The Taylor Farm)

Status: Preserved Address: 2737 South Germantown Road, Germantown Built: 1935, ca. 1950 etc. Architectural Style: Colonial Revival-style horse stable and associated supporting buildings and housing Original Function/Purpose: Commerce History: Wildwood Farms is a 350-acre estate bounded by Germantown Road on the east, Crestridge Road on the south, McVay Road and McVay Trail Drive on the west, and Stout Road on the ...

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Wells School

Status: Preserved Address: 4140 Tennessee 205 (Airline Road; formerly 4140 Collierville-Arlington Rd.), Eads Built: 1924-1925 Architectural Style: Rosenwald School Plan Original Function/Purpose: Education History: Wells School was built between 1924 and 1925 with the Julius Rosenwald Fund (JRF) and served as an African-American school until desegregation occurred in 1966. In 1915 Julius Rosenwald, a Sears, Roebuck and Co. mogul, funded his ...

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Universal Life Insurance Company

Status: Renovation is underway. Address: 480 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Avenue (formerly part of Linden Avenue) at Danny Thomas Boulevard, Memphis Built: 1949 Architectural Style: Egyptian Revival Original Function/Purpose: Commerce History: Dr. Joseph E. Walker founded the Universal Life Insurance Company on Beale Street in 1923, a firm dedicated to “improving the economic condition of people of color.” Dr. Walker ...

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U.S. Post Office-Front Street Station (Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law)

Status: Preserved Address: 1 North Front Street, Memphis Built: ca. 1876, 1903 Architectural Style: Italianate Revival Original Function/Purpose: Governmental History: This property has served as a U.S. Customs House, Court House and Post Office. The original facility was built in the early 1880s, and officially opened in 1885. Covering 140,000 square feet on four floors, the Italianate Revival-style building was considered ...

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U.S. Marine Hospital Executive Building and Laundry-Kitchen

Status: Executive Building, preserved; Laundry-Kitchen, renovation is planned. Address: Metal Museum Drive (formerly 360 and 374 West California Avenue), Memphis Built: 1883-1884 Architectural Style: Vernacular Italianate Original Function/Purpose: Governmental History: Built in 1883-1884 as part of the U.S. Marine Hospital complex, the Executive Building and Laundry-Kitchen are part of Memphis’s first federally funded public health facility. A Congressional Act of 1798 ...

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Tri-State Bank

Status: Preserved Address: 386 Beale Street (formerly 390 Beale Street), Memphis Built: Early 1900s Architectural Style: Vernacular business Original Function/Purpose: Bank History: The Tri-State Bank building was constructed in the early 1900s in the Beale Street business district. Robert R. Church Sr.’s notable Solvent Savings Bank and Trust Co. was established in 1906 in an adjoining building (392 Beale) on the ...

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Tri State Iron Works

Status: Preserved Address: 61 Keel Avenue, Memphis Built: 1883 Architectural Style: Late Nineteenth-Century Commercial block design Original Function/Purpose: Manufacturing History: This building was used commercially from 1883 to 1946, housing five separate companies during this period. The building first began operation as a cotton seed oil press for the Globe Oil and Fertilizer Company and was later occupied by the Memphis ...

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John S. Toof House

Status: Preserved Address: 246 Adams Avenue, Memphis Built: 1875 Architectural Style: Victorian Italianate Original Function/Purpose: Residential History: This house was designed by Mathias Harvey Baldwin and completed in 1876. John Toof was a prominent figure in Memphis who is noted for starting the Chamber of Commerce and later helping to found the Memphis Water Company. The Toof house was designed in ...

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Toof Building

Status: Preserved Address: 195 Madison Avenue, Memphis Built: 1912, 1926, 1929, 1947 Architectural Style: Egyptian Revival / Terra Cotta Original Function/Purpose: Manufacturing History: The Toof Building was built in 1912. The original building was four stories in height and had a full basement. A fifth floor was added in 1926. The mezzanine or intermediate floor was added in 1929 and further ...

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John W. Thomas House

Status: Preserved Address: 245 West Poplar Avenue, Collierville Built: 1918-1920 Architectural Style: Colonial Revival Original Function/Purpose: Residential History: The John W. Thomas House was built from 1918 to 1920 for John and Lena Thomas, and is a significant element of the historic architectural fabric of the Town of Collierville. Mr. Thomas worked mostly in retail, first as a travelling salesman, then ...

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