Overton Park Historic District

Status: Preserved

Location: Overton Park, Memphis

Built: 1901

Architectural Style: Park

Original Function/Purpose: Park

The Overton Park Historic District was placed on the National Register on Oct. 25, 1979.

History: Overton Park was designed by landscape architect George Kessler in 1901-02 and named for John Overton. The district includes the Memphis Zoo (established 1906), Memphis Brooks Museum of Art (1916, bottom picture), Memphis College of Art (1936) and the Levitt Shell (top picture), formerly known as the Overton Park Shell (1936) and Raoul Wallenberg Shell (1982). Overton Park contains a wealth of art and historical artifacts. Elvis Presley performed at the Shell in 1954 in his first paid concert appearance, and Memphis College of Art continues to teach and foster young artists. (The Memphis College of Art announced in 2017 it will close, probably in 2020, and the Memphis Brooks Museum of Art hopes to relocate downtown.)



Outline of the Overton Park Historic District.

Map of the district used in its National Register nomination.


City Council District: 5

Super District: 9

County Commission District: 7