Melrose School

Status: Endangered

Address: 843 Dallas Street, Memphis

Built: 1938

Architectural Style: Art Moderne / Mid-Twentieth Century Modern

Original Function/Purpose: Education

The Melrose School was placed on the National Register on May 2, 2001.

History: Melrose School began in 1890 when District 18 School of Shelby County, Tennessee was established. The school has since become a landmark of historical pride in the Orange Mound neighborhood. The school’s name is said to honor a Dr. Melrose, a philanthropist and humanitarian who gave much of his service to the school. In 1938 this new school was built costing $137,000 and housing 24 classrooms, a library, offices, a health department clinic, sanitary conveniences, and a provision for future classrooms and auditorium. The building has been closed and vacant since the early 1980s.


City Council District: 4

Super District: 8

County Commission District: 10