Status: Preserved Address: 2701 Union Avenue Extended, Memphis Built: 1963 Architectural Style: Local example of Late International Style Original Function/Purpose: Commerce History: Alvin Wunderlich, Sr. founded the National Burial Insurance Company in 1931 with his brother and two others. By 1962 the company had transitioned into “a highly successful regionalContinue Reading


We are excited to announce the launch of our new Newman’s Memphis website! Don Newman took some of the most iconic photographs of Memphis during the 1940s, 50s, and 60s. Explore his collection of historic Memphis photographs, search for photos, and order prints at: We’ll be adding new photos frequently,Continue Reading

Status: Preserved Address: 1039 Delmar Avenue, Memphis Built: ca. 1860 with renovations in 1960 Architectural Style: Shotgun, with additions and renovations Original Function/Purpose: Single-family dwelling History: The Bennett House is located in a historically African American neighborhood just north of the Memphis Medical District. Mrs. Bennett established Gladys’ School ofContinue Reading

Status: Preserved Address: Lions Gate Drive, Memphis Built: 1961-1963 Architectural Style: Above-ground concrete shields, below-ground reinforced concrete fallout shelter. Original Function/Purpose: Nuclear fallout shelter History: The Wooten Fallout Shelter is about 5,600 square feet in size and was to accommodate up to 65 people for one month – Hoyt Wooten’sContinue Reading

Status: Preserved Address: 189 South Barksdale Street, Memphis Built: 1910 and 1912, with many interior reconfigurations and renovations down the years Architectural Style: Classical Revival Original Function/Purpose: Police station History:  The station was built by Mayor E.H. Crump in 1910 for a mounted police force in Memphis’s eastern suburbs, as communities such as Idlewild,Continue Reading