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Chucalissa Indian Village

Status: Preserved Location: 1987 Indian Village Drive, in T.O. Fuller State Park, Memphis Built: ca. 1000 Architectural Style: Chucalissa vernacular; park Original Function/Purpose: Park History: This village, located on the bluff overlooking the Mississippi River and founded around 900 A.D., is known for the well-preserved architectural and archaeological remains that have been excavated from the site. Discovered in 1938, the site ...

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Chickasaw Heritage Park (De Soto Park)

Status: Preserved Location: Metal Museum Drive, Memphis Built: ca. 1500 Architectural Style: Park Original Function/Purpose: Park History: Formerly the fortress of Chickasaw chief Chisca, the park features two ceremonial mounds that were built by Paleo-Indians. During the Civil War these same mounds were hollowed out and used for gun emplacements and munitions storage. The area is also believed to be where ...

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Central High School

Status: Preserved Address: 306 South Bellevue Boulevard, Memphis Built: 1911; additions in 1948 and 1967 Architectural Style: Jacobean Revival Original Function/Purpose: Education History: Central is the successor of Memphis High School, the first high school in Memphis, founded in 1897. Designed by B.C. Alsup, Central opened in 1911 as part of Memphis’s plan to locate schools in various locations around the ...

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Central Gardens Historic District

Status: Preserved Location: Roughly bounded by Union, Central and York Avenues, and Cleveland and Rembert Streets, in Memphis Built: 1900-1930 Architectural Style: Various: Four Square, Bungalow, Queen Anne, Greek Revival, Colonial Revival Original Function/Purpose: Residential History: In the early twentieth century some of the city’s most prominent architects came together to create Memphis’s longest enduring neighborhood. The concept was developed ...

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Robert M. Carrier House

Status: Preserved Address: 642 South Willett Street, Memphis Built: 1923-1926 Architectural Style: Seventeenth Century Jacobean Country Home Original Function/Purpose: Residential History: This house, also known as Carrier Hall, was begun in 1923 and completed in 1926 for lumber baron Robert M. Carrier, who wished to be closer to his lumber mills. It was designed by well-known architect Bryant Fleming and built ...

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Capleville Methodist Church

Status: Preserved Address: 5041 East Shelby Drive, Capleville (Memphis) Built: 1921-1923; ca. 1960 Architectural Style: Early Twentieth Century Ecclesiastical, Gothic Revival Original Function/Purpose: Church History: The Capleville Methodist Church was erected in 1921-23 after the Bethlehem Methodist and Capleville Methodist congregations merged. The attached two-story parsonage was built ca.1960. The structure is typical of post-World War I-built churches in Tennessee, with ...

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Joseph A. Campbell House

Status: Preserved Address: 215 South Center Street (formerly 215 South Street), Collierville Built: ca. 1876, 1898-1899 Architectural Style: Queen Anne Cottage Original Function/Purpose: Residential History: The J.A. Campbell House is an example of Queen Anne Cottage form of residence built ca. 1898-99 for J. A. Campbell, a prominent minister in the Disciples of Christ. However, the central hall plan here may ...

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Calvary Episcopal Church & Parish House

Status: Preserved Address: 102 North Second Street, Memphis Built: 1843, 1848, 1881 Architectural Style: Gothic Original Function/Purpose: Church History: Calvary Episcopal is the oldest church building in Memphis; its congregation was organized in 1832. It and St. Peter’s Catholic Church are the city’s only two remaining pre-Civil War churches. A striking example of Gothic architecture, the building is also one of ...

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Wilks Brooks House

Status: Preserved Address: 2000 Old Oak Drive, Memphis Built: 1835 Architectural Style: Greek Revival Original Function/Purpose: Residential History: The Wilks Brooks House is the earliest example of the Greek Revival style in Memphis or Shelby County. Mr. Brooks built the house in 1835 after moving from North Carolina, having been a delegate in the 1823 North Carolina Constitutional Convention and the ...

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John Willard Brister Library

Status: Preserved Address: 3669 Alumni Avenue, University of Memphis Campus, in Memphis Built: 1927 Architectural Style: Neo-Classical Revival Original Function/Purpose: Education History: The University of Memphis (formerly Memphis State University, and earlier still a State Teachers College and Normal School) houses the Brister Library Complex, named for long-time educator John Willard Brister. An 1893 graduate of Nashville’s Peabody College, Brister was ...

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