Southwestern at Memphis Sorority Row Historic District (Rhodes College Sorority Row)

Status: Preserved

Address: 2000 North Parkway (Rhodes College Campus), Memphis

Built: ca. 1920s-1930s

Architectural Style: Collegiate Gothic

Original Function/Purpose: Education

The Southwestern at Memphis (now Rhodes College) Sorority Row property was placed on the National Register on July 12, 2006.

History: The architectural style of Southwestern at Memphis Sorority Row Historic District, and the other campus buildings, was specified by college president Charles E. Diehl. He included proposed fraternity and sorority lodges, which were to be of Arkansas sandstone and have metal windows and slate roofs with roof spans of not more than twenty feet and a pitch of 52 degrees. Even during subsequent renovations these specifications have largely been followed. The result is that Sorority Row makes a strong contribution to the campus’s continuity and harmony.

Maps:

Outline of the Southwestern at Memphis Sorority Row Historic District.

Map of the district used in its National Register nomination.

City Council District: 5

Super District: 9

County Commission District: 7

DON NEWMAN