Historic Properties

Tennessee Trust Building (The Madison Hotel)

Status: Preserved Address: 81 Madison Avenue, Memphis Built: 1906 Architectural Style: Beaux Arts Original Function/Purpose: Bank History: This 15-story building was built in 1906 for the Tennessee Trust Bank to a design by the architectural firm of George M. Shaw and Charles O. Pfeil. It was the first building on Banker’s Row to exceed the traditional four-story height for banks in ...

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Tennessee Club-Overall Goodbar Building

Status: Preserved Address: 128-130 Court Avenue, Memphis Built: 1890 Architectural Style: Victorian Romanesque and Moorish Original Function/Purpose: Entertainment History: This property was designed by architect Edward Terrell in an unusual combination of Victorian Romanesque and Moorish styles. It was chartered primarily by former Confederate officers who wanted to restore social graces to the city after years of Union occupation. Originally organized ...

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Tennessee Brewery

Status: Preserved Address: 495 Tennessee Street (formerly 477 Tennessee Street), Memphis Built: 1890 Architectural Style: Industrial Original Function/Purpose: Manufacturing History: Built in 1890, the Tennessee Brewery was initially organized as the “Memphis Brewing Company.” At one point the largest brewery in the South, the company had around 1,500 workers and produced 250,000 barrels per year before Prohibition shut down production. After ...

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Sun Record Company, Memphis Recording Service

Status: Preserved Address: 706 Union Avenue, Memphis Built: 1908 Architectural Style: Local vernacular (brick row building) Original Function/Purpose: Commerce History: The building at 706 Union Avenue originally housed the Magic Throttle Company, an automobile-related business in a neighborhood that historically contained a number of auto-related businesses. In 1949 the interior was renovated and in January 1950 Sam Phillips opened the Memphis ...

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Leslie M. Stratton YMCA

Status: Preserved Address: 245 Madison Avenue, Memphis Built: 1909 Architectural Style: Beaux Arts Original Function/Purpose: Hotel History: Designed by John Gaisford (architect of Lenox School and the Falls Building), the Leslie M. Stratton YMCA was dedicated on October 17, 1909, with President William Howard Taft and governors of twenty-seven states in attendance, including Tennessee’s Malcolm Peterson. When President Taft and ...

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Sterick North Garage & Hotel

Status: Preserved Address: 22 North B.B. King Boulevard (formerly North Third Street), Memphis Built: 1963 Architectural Style: Mid-Century Modern Original Function/Purpose: Hotel History: This building consists of a first floor hotel lobby with restaurant/nightclub and retail, plus parking entrances, topped by six floors of parking and finished off with the three-story hotel featuring an interior courtyard with pool. It was ...

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Sterick Building

Status: Endangered Address: 8 North Third Street (northeast corner of Madison Avenue and Third Street), Memphis Built: Completed in 1929 Architectural Style: Commercial Gothic Original Function/Purpose: Commerce History: This 29-story Gothic-style tower housed more than 2000 workers and had its own barber shop, beauty parlor, bank and pharmacy. Known for a time as the Queen of Memphis, it was the tallest ...

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Steele Hall

Status: Preserved Address: LeMoyne-Owen College Campus, Walker Avenue, Memphis Built: 1914 Architectural Style: Collegiate Gothic Original Function/Purpose: Education History: LeMoyne Normal Institute moved to its present site on Walker Avenue in 1914. Also in that year the first building was constructed – Steele Hall, designed by Vertner W. Tandy and George W. Foster and named for former principal Andrew J. Steele. ...

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St. Thomas Catholic Church and Convent

Status: Endangered Address: 588 East Trigg Avenue, Memphis Built: ca. 1907, ca. 1925-26, ca. 1944-48 Architectural Style: Romanesque Revival, Colonial Revival Original Function/Purpose: Church History: St. Thomas Catholic Church was built in the mid-1920s to a design by the Memphis firm of Richard J. Regan and John T. Weller, which was responsible for other projects in the Diocese of Memphis. The ...

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St. Mary’s Catholic Church

Status: Preserved Address: 155 Market Street, Memphis Built: 1862 Architectural Style: Gothic Revival Original Function/Purpose: Church History: St. Mary’s organized in 1862 to serve German Catholics who felt uncomfortable at the Irish-oriented St. Peter’s. The cornerstone was laid with help from the Union army during the Civil War. The altar was carved from wood shipped from Germany and the pews and ...

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