Historic Properties

Sterick North Garage & Hotel (Hotel Indigo)

Status: Preserved Address: 22 North B.B. King Boulevard (formerly North Third Street), Memphis Built: 1963 Architectural Style: Mid-Century Modern Original Function/Purpose: Hotel History: This building consists of a first floor hotel lobby with restaurant/nightclub and retail, plus parking entrances, topped by six floors of parking and finished off with the three-story hotel featuring an interior courtyard with pool. It was ...

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Sterick Building

Status: Endangered Address: 8 North Third Street (northeast corner of Madison Avenue and Third Street), Memphis Built: Completed in 1929 Architectural Style: Commercial Gothic Original Function/Purpose: Commerce History: This 29-story Gothic-style tower housed more than 2000 occupants and had its own barber shop, beauty parlor, bank and pharmacy. Known for a time as the Queen of Memphis, it was the tallest ...

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Steele Hall

Status: Preserved Address: LeMoyne-Owen College Campus, Walker Avenue, Memphis Built: 1914 Architectural Style: Collegiate Gothic Original Function/Purpose: Education History: LeMoyne Normal Institute moved to its present site on Walker Avenue in 1914. Also in that year the first building was constructed – Steele Hall, designed by Vertner W. Tandy and George W. Foster and named for former principal Andrew J. Steele. ...

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St. Thomas Catholic Church and Convent

Status: Endangered Address: 588 East Trigg Avenue, Memphis Built: ca. 1907, ca. 1925-26, ca. 1944-48 Architectural Style: Romanesque Revival, Colonial Revival Original Function/Purpose: Church History: St. Thomas Catholic Church was built in the mid-1920s to a design by the Memphis firm of Richard J. Regan and John T. Weller, which was responsible for other projects in the Diocese of Memphis. The ...

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St. Mary’s Catholic Church

Status: Preserved Address: 155 Market Street, Memphis Built: 1862 Architectural Style: Gothic Revival Original Function/Purpose: Church History: St. Mary’s organized in 1862 to serve German Catholics who felt uncomfortable at the Irish-oriented St. Peter’s. The cornerstone was laid with help from the Union army during the Civil War. The altar was carved from wood shipped from Germany and the pews and ...

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St. Mary’s Cathedral, Chapel, and Diocesan House (Episcopal)

Status: Preserved Address: 692, 700 and 714 Poplar Avenue, Memphis Built: Built in 1887 (Chapel), 1902 (Diocesan House) and 1898-1926 (Cathedral) Architectural Style: Gothic Revival Original Function/Purpose: Church History: The cathedral originated as a mission church organized by Calvary Episcopal Church in 1857. The original church was a small, wooden Gothic structure dedicated in 1858. St. Mary’s School for Girls opened ...

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Squire’s Rest

Status: Preserved Address: 8993 Barret Road, Barretville Built: 1920 Architectural Style: Craftsman Original Function/Purpose: Residential History: Built for newlyweds Paul and Sarah Barret in 1920, the Barret Homestead or Squire’s Rest is a one-story craftsman cottage significant for its relation to the life of Paul Barret. He is credited with creating The Barret Company, a dealer in cotton, and expanding his ...

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Shrine Building

Status: Preserved Address: 66 Monroe Avenue, Memphis Built: Completed 1923 Architectural Style: Early Twentieth Century Modern Original Function/Purpose: Commerce History: This property was designed by Hanker and Cairns, with Jones & Furbringer, to serve as a Shrine Temple as well as a commercial building. It would have stores on the first level and rental office space on upper floors, with Shrine ...

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Second Congregational Church

Status: Preserved Address: 764 Walker Avenue, Memphis Built: 1928 Architectural Style: Local church vernacular Original Function/Purpose: Church History: Second Congregational Church has been the chapel for LeMoyne-Owen College since the late nineteenth century. The current building by Frank Nesbit and Harold E. Smith is the oldest unaltered church in Memphis designed and built by black artisans for a predominantly black congregation. ...

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Sears, Roebuck and Company Catalog Distribution Center and Retail Store (Crosstown Concourse)

Status: Preserved Address: 495 North Watkins Street, Memphis Built: 1927 Architectural Style: Art Deco Original Function/Purpose: Commerce History: This was one of the first Sears stores situated in a relatively open area of the city that provided a large amount of free parking. It was the largest building in Memphis when it opened. This regional distribution center included a soda fountain, ...

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