Author Archives: MHI2016

One Hundred North Main Building

Status: Endangered Address: 100 North Main Street, Memphis Built: 1963-65 Architectural Style: Thirty-eight-story Late International skyscraper Original Function/Purpose: Commerce History: This building, the tallest in Memphis and occupying half of a city block, was designed by Robert Lee Hall, who also designed Clark Tower. Its tenant base consisted primarily of professionals involved with government and the courts such as attorneys, title ...

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Oaklawn Garden (Oaklawn Garden Florist and Greenhouse, Oaklawn Farm)

Status: Preserved Address: 7831 Poplar Pike, Germantown Built: c. 1875 – c. 1957 Architectural Style: Gabled L-shape five-bay home; many museum objects purposefully located outdoors in assemblages of natural features as well as nursery groves and gardens Original Function/Purpose: Commerce History: A former nursery, florist shop and family farm, Oaklawn Garden is now a public garden and museum. Swiss immigrant ...

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Normal Station Historic District

Status: Preserved Location: Roughly bounded by Highland and Goodlett Streets and by the Southern Railway and Park Avenue; includes portions of Buck Street and Carnes and Douglass Avenues; Echles, Goodlett, Goodman, Graham, and Houston Streets; Kearney Avenue, Loeb Street, Marion Avenue, Normal Circle and Park Avenue; Patterson and Shotwell Streets; and Spottswood Avenue and Watson Street, in Memphis Built: Mid-1920s, ...

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Joseph Newburger House (Memphis Theological Seminary)

Status: Preserved Address: 168 East Parkway South, Memphis Built: 1912 Architectural Style: Beaux Arts Original Function/Purpose: Residential History: The Newburger house was designed by the prominent Memphis architectural firm of Hanker and Cairns, who designed other well-known properties such as the Peabody Hotel and the Nineteenth Century Club. Joseph Newburger, the original owner, was a successful businessman, philanthropist and international figure ...

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Nelson-Kirby House (Kirby Farm House)

Status: Moved to a new location in 2014 and may eventually be delisted. Address: 6797 Messick Road, Memphis (originally located at 6792 Poplar Pike, Germantown) Built: 1869-1895 Architectural Style: Late Victorian, Vernacular Eastlake Original Function/Purpose: Residential History: The Nelson-Kirby farmland was originally part of the headquarters of the Brooks-Kirby plantations, a major commercial farm in Shelby County in the 1830s (see ...

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National Cotton Council Building

Status: Preserved Address: 1918 North Parkway, Memphis Built: 1955 Architectural Style: Mid-Century Neocolonial Original Function/Purpose: Commerce History: Architect Anker Hansen built this two-story office building in 1955 next to Snowden School and across North Parkway from the Memphis Zoo. The Memphis-based National Cotton Council was organized in 1938 to promote cotton, its products and its markets, including its exports following World ...

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Mt. Airy

Status: Preserved Address: 10700 Latting Road, Cordova (Memphis) Built: ca. 1835, 1920s and 1950s additions Architectural Style: I-House with Classical Revival detailing Original Function/Purpose: Residential History: Mt. Airy was built in 1835 by Thomas C. Crenshaw as part of a 1,379-acre plantation, and although only 19 acres remain, it is still one of the oldest standing log-constructed homes in Shelby County. ...

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Mosby-Bennett House (Hunter Lane House)

Status: Preserved Address: 6256 Poplar Avenue, Memphis Built: 1852 Architectural Style: Greek Revival with Victorian elements Original Function/Purpose: Residential History: The Mosby-Bennett House is a representation of architecture prominent in rural areas surrounding Memphis in the mid- and late-1800s. The house interior also denotes its significance as the headquarters of a large plantation. The house boasts at least one porch at ...

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William R. Moore Dry Goods Building

Status: Preserved Address: 183 Monroe Avenue (now Toyota Plaza on South B.B. King Boulevard, formerly South Third Street), Memphis Built: 1913 Architectural Style: Commercial Original Function/Purpose: Commerce History: Mr. Moore was born in Huntsville, Alabama in 1830. Upon the death of his parents, Moore left school to work as a farm hand for $24 a year with room and board. After ...

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Mid-South Coliseum

Status: Preserved Address: 996 Early Maxwell Boulevard, Mid-South Fairgrounds, in Memphis Built: 1964 Architectural Style: Modern Original Function/Purpose: Entertainment History: Opened in 1964, this building has been called “The Entertainment Capitol of the Mid-South” and certainly lived up to that name. Both the Beatles and Elvis performed in this building, which seats around 10,000 people. Home to many sports venues and ...

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