Gayoso-Peabody Historic District

Status: Preserved

Location: Portions of Monroe, Union and Gayoso Avenues, Peabody Place and Barboro Alley, Second and Third (now B.B. King Boulevard) Streets, and Main, Front and Hernando Streets, in Memphis

Built: 1880-1927

Architectural Style: Victorian-Italianate, Cast Iron, Richardsonian Romanesque, other Commercial

Original Function/Purpose: Commercial

The Gayoso-Peabody Historic District was placed on the National Register on May 7, 1980.

History: Gayoso-Peabody Historic District consists of certain blocks within the limits of Monroe Avenue and Peabody Place (formerly McCall Place), and Front and South Third Streets. The original Gayoso House and Peabody Hotel, for which the district is named, dated from 1842 and 1868 respectively and were joined by commercial buildings that supported adjoining Cotton Row and the cotton brokerage business. Some noteworthy buildings in this district are the Businessmen’s Club (79-81 Monroe, built 1906), Brodnax Building (39 S. Main, 1923), Farnsworth Building (69 S. Main, 1927), Hotel Gayoso (139-141 S. Main, 1901), Cole Building (79-81 S. Second, 1886), and the Peabody Hotel (149 Union, 1924). Gayoso-Peabody 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.

 

Boundary Increase and Decrease

Location: Portions of Monroe Avenue, Peabody Place, Second and Third Streets, Main Street, and Union Avenue, in Memphis

Built: ca. 1872-ca. 1950

Architectural Style: Various

 

This boundary change is described by the National Register as a Supplementary Listing Record; it became effective on Jan. 27, 2006.

 

History: Gayoso-Peabody Historic District (Boundary Increase and Decrease) is a revision of the original submission for this district, taking account of new standards for such nominations. Some buildings have been demolished, or altered such that they have been lost to the inventory, or renovated.

 

Maps:

Outline of the Gayoso-Peabody Historic District, including both the boundary increase and decrease of 2006.

Map of the district used in its National Register nomination.

Map used in the 2006 National Register nomination of the district’s boundary increase and decrease, as indicated.

 

City Council District: 6

Super District: 8

County Commission District: 8

DON NEWMAN