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 on the south, and Stonewall Street on the west, in Memphis.

Built: 1890s-1930s

Architectural Style: Various: Bungalow, Four Square, Colonial Revival, Beaux Arts

Original Function/Purpose: Residential

The Evergreen Historic District was placed on the National Register on Jan. 11, 1985.

History: The Evergreen Historic District of Midtown Memphis is one of the prime historic neighborhoods in the area. Two key factors facilitating the rapid growth of this district were the expansion of streetcar service and the construction of the Parkway system. Located in a section of Midtown Memphis, the 53-block district features many beautiful homes and a cohesive neighborhood association. A large swath of homes was removed in the early 1970s to make way for an Interstate 40 extension planned through the heart of the neighborhood. However, civic activism forced a change in the route and in 1991 the vacant lots were sold for redevelopment. The earlier architecture has been preserved in the newer homes, and in many cases it is hard to distinguish the old homes built in the early 1900s from the new homes built only a decade or two ago. Evergreen Historic District is one of the National Register-listed districts recognized (and protected) by the City of Memphis as a local historic district or Historic Overlay District.

Maps:

Outline of the Evergreen Historic District in Midtown.

Map of the district used in its National Register nomination. (Note that this map includes maps of five other historic districts in addition to Evergreen)

City Council District: 5

Super District: 9

County Commission District: 7

DON NEWMAN