Hunt-Phelan House

Status: Preserved

Address: 533 Beale Street, Memphis

Built: ca. 1830

Architectural Style: Federal Style / Greek Revival

Original Function/Purpose: Residential

The Hunt-Phelan House was placed on the National Register on Feb. 11, 1971.

History: As the last standing example of the grand style of architecture prevalent during the Antebellum South, the home was owned by George Hubbard Wyatt until 1845 when it was purchased by his cousin Elijah Driver. Driver’s daughter Sarah Elizabeth, and Sarah’s husband, Confederate colonel and land surveyor William Hunt, lived in the home during the Civil War and the yellow fever epidemic of the 1870s. The home was used throughout the Civil War era as the headquarters of both Northern and Southern generals in Memphis; it is alleged that General Ulysses S. Grant planned the Vicksburg campaign in the library of the home. In addition to serving as a hospital to over 19,000 soldiers in 1864, the home was also visited by American Presidents Andrew Jackson, Martin Van Buren, Andrew Johnson, and Grover Cleveland. The home was occupied by Colonel Hunt’s descendants for six generations; Bill Day, the last family member to own it, extensively restored the mansion. It is now a “weddings and events” venue.

 

City Council District: 6

Super District: 8

County Commission District: 8

DON NEWMAN